Canterbury JC 6 November 2021 – R2 – Jason Laking

ID: RIB5567

Respondent(s):
Jason Laking - Jockey

Applicant:
John Oatham, Chief Stipendiary Steward

Adjudicators:
Russell McKenzie (Chair) and Dave Anderson

Information Number:
A12552

Decision Type:
Adjudicative Decision

Charge:
Using Whip in Consecutive Strides

Rule(s):
638 (3) (g) (ii) - Whip Rules

Plea:
Admitted

Animal Name:
Street Fightin Man

Code:
Thoroughbred

Race Date:
06/11/2021

Race Club:
Canterbury Jockey Club

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

Race Number:
R2

Hearing Date:
06/11/2021

Hearing Location:
Riccarton Park, Christchurch

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Jockey Jason Laking fined $200

SUMMARY OF FACTS:

Mr Laking was charged following Race 2, The Ned Fashion in the Field November 13 Premier, that as the Rider of STREET FIGHTING MAN in the race he used his whip on consecutive strides near the 25 metres.

The Rule provides that a Rider must not strike a horse with a whip in consecutive strides at any stage of the race.

SUBMISSIONS:

Mr Oatham showed video replays of the closing stages of the race. He pointed out STREET FIGHTIN MAN, ridden by Mr Laking, fighting out the finish on the outside of the eventual winner, ROCKLAND (Lisa Allpress). Just prior to the finishing line, Mr Laking was seen to use his whip on two consecutive strides, before his mount finished in 2nd placing, beaten by a head.

Mr Laking did not wish to comment.

REASON FOR DECISION:

Mr Laking has admitted the charge, which is found proved accordingly.

SUBMISSIONS FOR PENALTY:

Mr Oatham said that Mr Laking has a “completely clear” record for the last 12 months. The Penalty Guide provided for a first offence of a $150 fine or 50% of the Jockey’s share of the stake whichever is the greater, in this case $185.00

REASON FOR PENALTY:

In terms of the NZTR Revised Penalty Guidelines, the penalty is clear and that is, as submitted by Mr Oatham, in this case, the greater of a fine of $150 or 50% of the Jockey share of the stake, for a first offence involving 2 consecutive strikes. There are no aggravating or mitigating factors to be considered. The penalty, in terms of the NZTR Revised Penalty Guidelines, is $185.00, which is rounded up to $200.

CONCLUSIONS:

Jockey Jason Laking is fined the sum of $200.

Decision Date: 06/11/2021

Publish Date: 09/11/2021