Forbury Park TC 21 March 2022 – R3 – Tristan Larsen

ID: RIB8158

Tristan Larsen - Junior Driver

Mr McIntyre, Stipendiary Steward

Geoff Hall

Persons Present:
Mr Kirk Larsen, Driver

Information Number:

Decision Type:
Race Related Charge

Excessive use of the whip

869(2) - Contravention whip rule



Race Date:

Race Club:
Forbury Park Trotting Club

Race Location:
Wingatui Racecourse - 285 Gladstone Road North, Mosgiel, Dunedin,

Race Number:

Hearing Date:

Hearing Location:

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Junior Driver Tristan Larsen suspended 3 days

Mr McIntyre alleged that Mr Larsen used his whip in a continuous manner throughout the home straight in Race 3.

Summary of facts

Mr McIntyre identified the Respondent’s horse on the video and demonstrated that Mr Larsen commenced using the whip early in the run home and continued to use the whip for some 150 metres.

Mr Larsen explained he was concentrating hard on the manner in which he was using the whip and had misjudged the length of the Wingatui straight and thus the regularity of the strikes.


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

Penalty submissions

Mr McIntyre produced the Respondent’s record.  Mr Larsen had 163 drives last season and has had 33 this. He had a breach of the Whip Rule on 2 December last when he was fined $500. Mr McIntyre described the breach as mid-range. He sought a penalty of 3 days’ suspension and, when questioned by the Adjudicative Committee, said it was 22 drives since the Respondent’s previous breach.

Mr Larsen said he was trying to comply with the Whip Rule and would concentrate on just using the rein.


The breach is mid-range in that the Respondent has used his whip in a continuous fashion for some 150 metres. The strikes are not forceful, but they are numerous and repetitive.

Mr Larsen has a previous breach of the Rule.

Taking into account Mr Larsen’s status as a Junior Driver and his admission of the breach, he is suspended from the end of racing today up to and including 3 April 2022. This is 3 South Island days.

Decision Date: 21/03/2022

Publish Date: 22/03/2022