Gore RC 24 September 2021 – R3 – Chris Johnson

ID: RIB4902

Respondent(s):
Chris Johnson - Jockey

Applicant:
Mr M Davidson - Stipendiary Steward

Adjudicators:
Mr N Skelt

Persons Present:
Mr M Davidson, Mr C Johnson, Miss R Hayley (Stipendiary Steward)

Information Number:
A15859

Decision Type:
Adjudicative Decision

Charge:
Used whip in three consecutive strides

Rule(s):
638(3)(g)(ii)

Plea:
Admitted

Code:
Thoroughbred

Race Date:
24/09/2021

Race Club:
Gore Racing Club

Race Location:
Gore Racecourse - 136 Gore-Mataura Highway, Gore, 9772

Race Number:
R3

Hearing Date:
24/09/2021

Hearing Location:
Gore Racecourse

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Jockey Chris Johnson is fined $170

EVIDENCE:

Following the running of Race 3 the O’Connor Richmond Maiden Stipendiary Steward Mr M Davidson lodged an Information (A15859) alleging Mr C Johnson (Doringo) used his whip in three consecutive strides on his mount Doringo over the concluding stages.

Rule 638 (3)(g)(11):

A rider must not strike a horse with a whip in consecutive strides in any race.

Mr Johnson was present at the hearing and confirmed he understood the Rule and also confirmed he admitted the breach.

SUBMISSIONS:

Mr Davidson asked Miss Hayley (Stipendiary Steward) to show the video footage of the incident where she highlighted Mr Johnson using his whip in three consecutive strides shortly before the winning post. It was noted that Doringo went on to win the race.

Mr Johnson simply stated he went back to the “old ways” and he had made an error of judgement under this new Rule.

SUBMISSION FOR PENALTY:

Mr Davidson stated the new Rule only came into effect 1st September 2021. He acknowledged Mr Johnson had admitted this breach and has no previous breaches under this Rule. The New Zealand Thoroughbred Guidelines state for 3 consecutive strikes and a 1st offence greater of a $150 fine or 50% Jockey share or stake. Mr Davidson calculated the winning stake to be $6720, and 5% of Jockey fee being $336, of which 50% equates to $168.00.

Mr Davidson submitted a fine between $170 to $200 would be appropriate.

Mr Johnson had no submissions on penalty.

REASON FOR PENALTY:

The Committee took into account Mr Johnson’s admittance of the breach, and the fact that the new Rule had only been in operation less than 1 month and all Jockeys were still adjusting to it.

CONCLUSIONS:

Mr Johnson was fined the sum of $170 and reminded that he was a very Senior Rider, and that he needed to be setting an example for all the Apprentices and less experienced Riders with animal welfare in mind.

Decision Date: 24/09/2021

Publish Date: 27/09/2021