Canterbury JC 11 August 2021 – R2 – Trudy Thornton
Canterbury Jockey Club
Riccarton Park - 165 Racecourse Road, Christchurch,
Riccarton Racecourse, Christchurch.
Penalty: Jockey Trudy Thornton is suspended for 5 National Riding Days
Following the running of Race 2, the WEST FITZROY APARTMENTS MAIDEN, Mr Davidson filed an Information charging Mrs Thornton with a breach of Rule 638(3)(b)(ii) of excessive use of her whip, on her mount SUMMER NIGHT, prior to the 100-metre mark.
Mr Davidson showed the available videos of the field approaching the home straight. He identified Mrs Thornton riding SUMMER NIGHT who was racing in 4th place in a 6 horse field. He counted Mrs Thornton strike her mount 8 times prior to the 100 metre mark.
Mrs Thornton chose not to make any comment.
REASON FOR DECISION:
Mrs Thornton admitted the breach and it is therefore found proved.
SUBMISSIONS ON PENALTY:
Mr Davidson stated Mrs Thornton has had 2 previous breaches of the Rule within the last few months. The first on the 13th May at Rotorua where she was fined $300 for using her whip above the shoulder. The second offence was at Avondale 21st July where she struck her horse 10 times and incurred a 6-day suspension. As there are no aggravating features, Mr Davidson said the Stewards consider a 5-day suspension would be an appropriate penalty.
Mrs Thornton made no submissions on penalty but requested a deferment to allow her to ride at Cambridge on the 18th of August.
REASONS FOR PENALTY:
The Committee, in reviewing all the evidence, considered the third offence starting point Guidelines of a 2-day suspension and a $2000 fine, as not appropriate in this case. We agree with the Stewards’ assessment that a 5-day suspension was a more fitting penalty .
Mrs Thornton’s request for deferment is granted.
In calculating Mrs Thornton’s 5-day suspension we have not included the meeting at Arawa Park as this is a Jumps only day.
Mrs Thornton’s licence to ride is suspended from the conclusion of racing on the 18th August up to and including racing on the 27th August 2021.
Decision Date: 11/08/2021
Publish Date: 13/08/2021