Beaumont RC 21 March 2022 – R4 – Shankar Muniandy
Beaumont Racing Club
Wingatui Racecourse - 285 Gladstone Road North, Mosgiel, Dunedin,
Penalty: Jockey Shankar Muniandy is fined $150
Summary of facts
Mr Davidson alleged that in Race 4 Mr Muniandy struck his mount on 2 consecutive strides.
Ms Algar, Stipendiary Steward, demonstrated on the films that Mr Muniandy was at the front of the field nearing the 100 metres when he struck his horse on consecutive strides.
Mr Muniandy said it was clear on the video. He had not realised he had breached the Rule at the time. He added that his mount was wanting to pull herself up once she had got to the lead and he believed this had contributed to his actions.
Decision as to breach
As Mr Muniandy has admitted the breach, it is found to be proved.
Submissions as to penalty
Mr Davidson said Mr Muniandy had received a warning on 5 February, hence the charge today. This was the Respondent’s first breach of this aspect of the Whip Rule, and the starting point was a $150 fine. He said the Adjudicative Committee might want to take into account that Mr Muniandy had gone on to win the race.
Mr Muniandy said he had miscounted, and the strikes were just too quick.
Decision as to penalty
The breach is low range in that there are two consecutive strikes before the 100 metres and from that time to the end of the race Mr Muniandy encourages the horse with the whip only twice. In these circumstances it is not apparent that the breach of the Consecutive Stride Rule led to the horse winning the race. The winning margin was 1/2 a length.
The starting point for a first breach is a fine of $150 and a penalty at this level is the appropriate one on this occasion.
Mr Muniandy is fined the sum of $150.
Decision Date: 21/03/2022
Publish Date: 22/03/2022