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Rangiora HRC 7 April 2019 - R 1 (heard on 12 April 2019 at Addington) - Chair, Mr D Anderson



Rule Number: 869(2)

Charge: Contravention of the Use of Whip Regulations

Judicial Committee: D J Anderson, Chairman - R McKenzie, Panellist

Name(s): Mrs C Negus – Amateur Driver

Mr R Quirk – Stipendiary Steward

Mr N Ydgren- Chief Stipendiary Steward

Informant: Mr S Renault – Stipendiary Steward

Information Number: A12440

Venue: Addington Raceway

Plea: Admitted


This hearing has arisen out of Race 1 at the Rangiora Meeting on Sunday 7 April 2019 and heard today 12 April 2019 at Addington Raceway. Mr Ydgren presented a letter from Mr M Godber, General Manager of the RIU, authorising the lodging of the Information.

Since the running of Race 1 the “Bishopdale/Bush Inn TAB’S Amateur Drivers Mobile Pace” an Information has been filed by Stipendiary Steward Mrs C Tibbs alleging a breach of Rule 869(2) by Amateur Driver Mrs C Negus. The information alleges, you used your whip on more occasions than permitted by Clause (b) of the Use of Whip Regulations.

Today in the absence of Mrs Tibbs, Stipendiary Steward Mr S Renault acted as the Informant of this Information.

Mrs Negus has signed the Information stating she admits the breach and that she did not wish to be present at the hearing. This was confirmed by Mr Renault.

Rule 869 provides as follows:

(2) No horseman shall during any race use a whip in a manner in contravention of the Use of the Whip Regulation made by the Board.

The Use of Whip Regulation (effective from 30 November 2017) provide:

(b) No horseman is permitted to use their whip in a striking motion on more than ten occasions inside the final 400 metres. This is inclusive of “backhanders” and the use applies to the horse, harness and/or sulky.

Mr Renault used the race video and asked Mr Quirk to identify Mrs Negus driving (9) HIGHLAND REIGN, racing wide on the track entering the home straight. He pointed to Mrs Negus and counted 12 strikes with the whip in the run to the finishing post.

Mr Renault stated Mrs Negus was comfortable with the count of 12 strikes.


As Mrs Negus admitted the breach the charge was found proved.


Mr Renault said Mrs Negus had driven 20 times this season and 20 times last season and had a clear record under this rule.

Mr Renault said the Stewards were seeking a fine of $200.


The JCA Penalty Guide provides a sliding scale for a first offence where there have been 11 to 13 strikes which entails a $200 fine, mitigation inclusive.

The Committee finds this an appropriate penalty.


Accordingly, Mrs Negus is fined $200.

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