Cambridge JC 2 September 2021 – R5 – Trudy Thornton
Cambridge Jockey Club
Cambridge Raceway - 1 Taylor Street, Cambridge, 3434
Penalty: Jockey Trudy Thornton is suspended for 5 days and fined $150
SUMMARY OF FACTS:
Following Race 5 (Manning Investments Ltd 1300) Jockey Trudy Thornton was charged with using her whip above shoulder height.
Mr Jones showed the film replays and identified where Ms Thornton had used her whip above shoulder height. The film evidence was very clear that Ms Thornton had used her whip 3 times above shoulder height in the run down the home straight.
Ms Thornton did not comment.
SUBMISSION FOR PENALTY:
Mr Jones said that Ms Thornton had 3 prior breaches of the Whip Rule in the last 6 months. Those being on 15.05.21 – fine of $300 imposed, 21.07.21 – suspension of 6 days imposed, 11.08.21 – suspension of 5 days imposed. He submitted that the new Penalty Guidelines for a 4th offence in 6 months would be an appropriate penalty.
Ms Thornton did not comment after the Adjudicator outlined the Penalty Guidelines of 5 days suspension and a fine of 50% of her share of the prizemoney was the starting point.
Ms Thornton’s mount DEAR OH DEAR won the race.
REASON FOR PENALTY:
Ms Thornton’s record with respect to the Whip Rule is most unenviable, with a suspension and a fine considered to be a condign penalty. In reaching quantum of penalty the Applicant’s submissions were given due consideration.
Ms Thornton’s Jockey’s License was suspended following racing on 8 September up to and including racing on 16 September 2021 (5 days) and a $150 fine imposed.
Decision Date: 02/09/2021
Publish Date: 06/09/2021