Ashburton TC 5 September 2021 – R1 – Alan Edge

ID: RIB4405

Respondent(s):
Alan Edge - Other (Amateur Driver)

Applicant:
Paul Williams, Stipendiary Steward

Adjudicators:
Russell McKenzie

Information Number:
A16114

Decision Type:
Adjudicative Decision

Charge:
Using Whip in Unapproved Manner

Rule(s):
869 (2) and Whip and Rein Regulations

Plea:
Admitted

Animal Name:
Royal Jester

Code:
Harness

Race Date:
05/09/2021

Race Club:
NZ Metropolitan Trotting Club Inc

Race Location:
Addington Raceway - 75 Jack Hinton Drive, Addington, Christchurch, 8024

Race Number:
R1

Hearing Date:
05/09/2021

Hearing Location:
Addington Raceway, Christchurch

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Amateur Driver Alan Edge fined $200

SUMMARY OF FACTS:

Mr Edge was charged after Race 1, Betavet Amateur Drivers Mobile Pace, that he used his whip with his hand free of the rein in the run home driving ROYAL JESTER.

EVIDENCE:

Mr Williams showed a video replay and pointed out ROYAL JESTER, driven by Mr Edge racing behind mid-field as the field turned into the home straight. He showed Mr Edge then use his whip on one occasion free of the rein, before activating the removable deafeners, and then using the whip free of the rein on three further occasions to the 100 metres.

Mr Edge agreed with the alleged four strikes fee of the rein but had nothing further to add.

REASON FOR DECISION:

Mr Edge has admitted the charge which is found proved accordingly.

SUBMISSION FOR PENALTY:

Mr Williams told the hearing that Mr Edge had received a warning on 28 March 2021 but his record was clear. He sought a fine of $200 in terms of the Penalty Guidelines for a first offence low-level  breach.

Mr Edge had no submission to make.

REASONS FOR PENALTY:

The Penalty Guidelines define a low-level breach as “when a driver inadvertently reverts to the old style (freehand, loose reining and/or more than a flicking motion) but promptly takes corrective steps to return to a compliant style”. This breach comes within that definition. The Guidelines suggest a penalty range of a fine between $200 and $400 for a first offence that is low-level.

There are no aggravating or mitigating factors. ROYAL JESTER was unplaced.

The Adjudicator is satisfied that this was a low-level breach and that a fine of $200 is appropriate.

CONCLUSIONS:

Mr Edge is fined the sum of $200.

Decision Date: 05/09/2021

Publish Date: 07/09/2021