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R Te Aroha 27 June 2021 - R 1 - Chair, Mr N McCutcheon

Created on 30 June 2021

NMcCutcheon (chair)
Mr B Donoghue - Rider of ARGYLL
Mr M Williamson - Senior Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Change Riding Gear

Following the running of Race 1 (Happy 5th Birthday Lucas Brosnan), Information A14426 was filed with the Judicial Committee. It was alleged that Mr Donoghue changed his boots and added spurs after weighing out.

Mr Donoghue said that he understood the Rule, charge and confirmed that he admitted the breach.

Mr Williamson said that on weighing in Mr Donoghue was 0.5kg over his weigh-out weight. He said that the Clerk of Scale observed that Mr Donoghue’s boots were different to the ones he was wearing when weighing out.

Mr Williamson said that when questioned Mr Donoghue said that he had changed boots and added spurs.


As the charge was admitted it was deemed proved by the Committee.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Williamson said that Mr Donoghue had a clear record under the Rule.

Mr Donoghue said that he did not realise that he could not add spurs and the only reason he changed his boots was because the spurs would not fit properly on his weigh-out boots.

Reasons For Penalty:

Taking all relevant matters into consideration, including that Mr Donoghue is a Jumping/Highweight Rider only, a fine of $200 was deemed to be an appropriate penalty.


Mr Donoghue was fined $200. 

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