Canterbury JC 14 August 2021 – R8 – Kozzi Asano

ID: RIB4132

Respondent(s):
Kozzi Asano - Apprentice Jockey

Applicant:
John Oatham, Chief Stipendiary Steward

Adjudicators:
Russell McKenzie (Chair) and Dave Anderson

Persons Present:
David Walsh - Apprentice Jockey Mentor, Mr Mark Davidson - Stipendiary Steward

Information Number:
A16561

Decision Type:
Adjudicative Decision

Charge:
Excessive Use of Whip

Rule(s):
638 (3) (b) (Ii)

Plea:
Admitted

Animal Name:
Rock Island Line

Code:
Thoroughbred

Race Date:
14/08/2021

Race Club:
Canterbury Jockey Club

Race Location:
Riccarton Park - 165 Racecourse Road, Christchurch,

Race Number:
R8

Hearing Date:
14/08/2021

Hearing Location:
Riccarton Park, Christchurch

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Apprentice Jockey Kozzi Asano is fined $500

SUMMARY OF FACTS:

Mr Asano was charged after Race 8, Heatstore Open Handicap, that as the Rider of ROCK ISLAND LINE in the race he used his whip in an excessive manner prior to the 100 metres.

SUBMISSIONS:

Mr Oatham had Stipendiary Steward, Mr Mark Davidson, point out Mr Asano riding ROCK ISLAND LINE, racing towards the rear and wide as the field turned into the home straight. It was well into the home straight, about the 300 metres, before Mr Asano commenced using his whip and, from that point, he used it on seven occasions prior to the 100 metres, the last of those being just before the 100 metres, Mr Oatham said. Mr Asano accepted the alleged count of seven strikes.

REASON FOR DECISION:

Mr Asano has admitted the charge which is found proved accordingly.

SUBMISSION FOR PENALTY:

Mr Oatham said that Mr Asano had a recent breach of the Rule at Whangarei on 17th July – 7 strikes, fined $300. This is therefore a second offence for which the Penalty Guidelines provide a $500 fine. Stewards were submitting that as an appropriate penalty on this occasion.

Mr Walsh asked the Committee to note that Mr Asano’s record is an excellent one, considering the large number of rides that he has across the country.

REASON FOR PENALTY:

This is Mr Asano’s second offence in the last 6 months. The Penalty Guidelines suggest a starting point for a second offence of a $500 fine. There are no aggravating factors or relevant mitigating factors to consider. We record, however, that Mr Asano’s record is a good one.

CONCLUSION:

Mr Asano is fined the sum of $500.

Decision Date: 14/08/2021

Publish Date: 16/08/2021