Auckland TC 22 March 2024 – R3 – Stephen and Amanda Telfer Partnership

ID: RIB40329

Stephen George Telfer - Trainer, Amanda Lee Telfer - Trainer

Mr N McIntyre - General Manager Stewards

Mr G Jones (Chair) and Mr A Smith

Persons Present:
Mr McIntyre, Mr S Mulcay - Senior Stipendiary Steward

Information Number:

Decision Type:
Race Related Charge

Presented without notified blinds

865(2) - Incorrect gear


Animal Name:


Race Date:

Race Club:
Auckland Trotting Club

Race Location:
Alexandra Park - Cnr Greenlane West & Manukau Road Greenlane, Auckland, 1051

Race Number:

Hearing Date:

Hearing Location:
Alexandra Park

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Training Partnership of Stephen and Amanda Telfer, fined $150


Prior to Race 3, General Manager Stewards, Mr McIntyre filed an Information alleging the Telfer Training Partnership were in breach of Rule 865(2) in that CHRISTIES ART was presented to race without notified blinds. This being the third breach of the Rule since 9 February 2024.

Mr S Telfer representing the Training Partnership endorsed the Information “I do admit the breach of the Rule” and “I do not wish to be present at the hearing of this Information.”  Mr Telfer was excused from attending the hearing.

Senior Stipendiary Steward, Mr Mulcay advised the Adjudicative Committee that a charge of this nature would normally be dealt with by way of Minor Infringement Notice but given that this is the Training Partnership’s third breach since 9 February 2024, Stewards elected to file an Information.


The charge is admitted and is therefore proved.


Mr Mulcay submitted that Stewards were seeking a fine in the vicinity of $150, notwithstanding that a breach of this Rule would ordinarily result in a fine of $100 under the schedule set out in the Minor Infringement Regulations (MIR). He said the $50 uplift was sought because this is the Training Partnership’s third breach of the Rule within the 120 day reset period. The previous two breaches occurred on:

23 February at Auckland TC – $100 fine

09 February at Cambridge HRC -$100 fine


The relevant Rules provide:

865(1) The trainer or person in control of a horse shall give notice, in the manner prescribed in the Approved Gear Regulations, of the notifiable gear to be worn by a horse in a totalisator race no later than the official deadline for the notification of drivers at the race meeting in which a horse is entered.

865(2) Every horse entered in a totalisator race shall be presented in the assembly area prior to the race in the same notifiable gear as that notified under sub-rule(1).

Under the MI Regulations, a breach of Rule 865(1) and/or (2) is generally dealt with by way of a $100 fine. However,because this is the Training Partnership’s third breach of the Rule within the reset period an uplift is required.

Accordingly, uplift of $50 is applied to the starting point of $100.


The Training Partnership of S and A Telfer is fined $150.

Decision Date: 22/03/2024

Publish Date: 25/03/2024