Auckland TC 10 November 2023 – R8 – Andre Poutama
Auckland Trotting Club
Alexandra Park - Cnr Greenlane West & Manukau Road Greenlane, Auckland, 1051
Penalty: Driver Andre Poutama is fined $100
Following the running of Race 8, Stipendiary Steward, Mr Shane Renault presented an Information alleging a breach of Rule 869(7A)(a) by Driver, Andre Poutama.
Mr Poutama confirmed he understood the Rule and the charge and confirmed he admitted the breach.
Rule 869(7A)(a) provides:
(7A) Every driver who moves inwards shall ensure:
(a) that contact is not made with any track marker.
Mr Renault exhibited the video of the horses entering the final straight. He identified Mr Poutama racing 3 back on the markers being held up for a run. Shortly after, Mr Poutama took a marginal run and made contact with 3 track markers.
Mr Renault said that there was no advantage gained by Mr Poutama as a result of striking the markers.
Mr Poutama made no submissions in regard to the incident.
The breach is admitted and therefore deemed proved.
SUBMISSIONS FOR PENALTY:
Mr Renault stated that Mr Poutama had been issued with a warning the previous week, hence the charge being presented today. He said the Stewards would be seeking a fine of $100.
Mr Poutama made no submissions on penalty.
REASONS FOR PENALTY;
This type of incident is soon to be covered by the MIN regime and the Adjudicative Committee considers a $100 fine appropriate.
Driver, Andre Poutama is fined $100.
Decision Date: 10/11/2023
Publish Date: 14/11/2023