Avondale JC 4 June 2022 – R7 – Opie Bosson

ID: RIB7074

Opie Bosson - Jockey

Mr M Williamson – Senior Stipendiary Steward

Mr G R Jones

Persons Present:
Mr Bosson, Mr Williamson, Mr Dooley

Information Number:

Decision Type:
Race Related Charge

Excessive Use of Whip

638(3)(g)(i) - Contravention whip rule - Excessive use of whip


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Race Date:

Race Club:
Avondale Jockey Club Inc

Race Location:
Avondale Racecourse - Ash Street, Avondale, Auckland, 1026

Race Number:

Hearing Date:

Hearing Location:
Avondale Racecourse

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Class A Rider Opie Bosson fined $250


Following the running of Race 7, the Respondent Class A Rider Opie Bosson 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, Stipendiary Steward Mr Dooley demonstrated that Mr Bosson struck his mount (ONEROA) 6 times from the straight entrance to the 100-metre mark.


As Mr Bosson admitted the breach, the Adjudicative Committee finds the breach proved.

Submissions For Penalty

Mr Williamson produced Mr Bosson’s record which indicated one previous breach under the Rule within the 6-month reset period. This occurred on 16 February 2022 at Tauranga.

Mr Williamson submitted that a fine be imposed commensurate with the NZTR revised Penalty Guidelines (as of 1 March 2022) for a second breach involving 1 additional strike.

The Respondent said that he accepted the number of strikes (6) and had nothing further to add.

Reasons For Penalty

The Penalty Guide starting point for a breach of this nature is a $250 fine.

There are no aggravating factors to consider.  Therefore, after considering the film evidence, the submissions and circumstances of the breach the Adjudicative Committee determined there are no reasons to deviate from the starting point set out in the Penalty Guide. On that basis a $250 fine is imposed.


Mr Bosson is fined $250.

Decision Date: 04/06/2022

Publish Date: 05/06/2022