Auckland TR 23 March 2022 – R5 – Bridget Grylls
Counties Racing Club
Pukekohe Park - 222/250 Manukau Road, Pukekohe Hill, Pukekohe, 2120
Penalty: Jockey Bridget Grylls fined $500
Following the running of Race 5, the Respondent Bridget Grylls admitted a charge alleging excessive whip use prior to the 100 metres.
Rule 638(3)(g)(i) provides that in a Flat Race a Rider must not:
(i) strike a horse with a whip more than 5 times prior to the 100-metre mark (other than in a slapping motion down the shoulder with the whip hand remaining on the reins); or
Using the available race films Mr Jones demonstrated that Miss Grylls struck her mount 6 times in the straight prior to the 100m.
In response Miss Grylls agreed with the number of strikes.
As the Respondent Miss Grylls admitted the breach, the Adjudicative Committee finds the breach proved (Rule 915(1)(d) refers).
Submissions For Penalty
Mr Jones produced Miss Grylls’ record which indicated 2 previous breaches within the 6 month reset period.
Stewards submitted a penalty commensurate with the NZTR Revised Penalty Guide for excessive whip use (as of 1 March 2022).
When asked for comment Miss Grylls had nothing to add.
Reasons For Penalty
The Penalty Guide starting point for a breach of this nature is set out below.
3rd breach, 1 additional strike – $500
After considering the film evidence, the submissions and having due regard for the number and frequency of strikes and the force used, the Adjudicative Committee determined that there was no compelling reason to deviate from the starting point set out in the Penalty Guide.
The Respondent Miss Grylls is fined $500.
Decision Date: 23/03/2022
Publish Date: 24/03/2022