Hawkes Bay RI 16 October 2021 – R8 – Craig Phelan and Shaun Phelan
Hawkes Bay Race Club
Hastings Racecourse - 200 Prospect Road, Hastings, 4122
Penalty: Trainers Craig Phelan and Shaun Phelan were fined $300
SUMMARY OF FACTS:
Mr Phelan admitted the breach but did not wish to attend a hearing.
Mr Oatham told the Adjudicators that a towel was left off when BIG MIKE was being saddled. The Rider of the horse noticed it was not there when she went to mount the horse in the parade ring. The towel was placed on the horse and the race was slightly delayed.
REASON FOR DECISION:
As the breach was admitted the charge was deemed proved.
REASON FOR PENALTY:
The Penalty Guide provides a starting point of $150 for specific situations where the Trainer has omitted a towel during saddling. An aggravating factor was the breach occurred in a Group 1 Race. Had the Rider not noticed the towel was absent, and the Rider weighed in light, BIG MIKE would have been disqualified.
An uplift was applied to take into account the Group 1 status of the race.
Mr Phelan was fined $300.00
Decision Date: 16/10/2021
Publish Date: 18/10/2021