Central Otago TC 2 January 2022 -R1 – Barry White

ID: RIB6746

Respondent(s):
Barry White - Other (Amateur Driver)

Applicant:
Mr N McIntyre, General Manager Stewards

Adjudicators:
Geoff Hall

Persons Present:
Mr McIntyre, Mr White

Information Number:
A13335

Decision Type:
Adjudicative Decision

Charge:
Excessive use of the whip

Rule(s):
869(2)

Plea:
Admitted

Animal Name:
WOLFENSTEIN

Code:
Harness

Race Date:
02/01/2022

Race Club:
Central Otago Racing Club

Race Location:
Omakau Racecourse - Racecourse Road, Omakau, 9376

Race Number:
R1

Hearing Date:
02/01/2022

Hearing Location:
Omakau

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Amateur Driver, Barry White suspended for 5 weeks

Mr McIntyre alleged that Mr White used his whip free of the rein in the home straight.

Summary of facts

Mr McIntyre identified the Respondent’s horse on the video and demonstrated that Mr White used the whip free of the rein in the run home. He said there were 2 such strikes.

Mr White apologised and explained he had reverted to the old-style whip use. He was not aware that he had done so at the time.

Decision

As Mr White has admitted the breach, it is found to be proved.

Penalty submissions

Mr McIntyre produced the Respondent’s record.  Mr White had been fined $200 under this Rule on 17 September 2021. Mr McIntyre sought a suspension of between 3 to 5 drives.

Mr White submitted that the suspension should be as short as was appropriate and asked for a deferment until after Roxburgh on 4 January.

Penalty

The breach is mid-range in that the Respondent has use his whip free of the rein. While there are 2 strikes, these are reasonably forceful.

Mr White’s record under this Rule shows one breach these past 12 months. He has had only 4 drives since his previous breach.

Mr White is suspended from the end of racing on 4 January up to and including 11 February 2022. This is calculated to be approximately 3 to 4 drives.

 

Decision Date: 02/01/2022

Publish Date: 05/01/2022