Hawkes Bay RI 16 October 2021 – R8 – Danielle Johnson
SAVY YONG BLONK
Hawkes Bay Race Club
Hastings Racecourse - 200 Prospect Road, Hastings, 4122
Penalty: Jockey Danielle Johnson is fined $3,500
SUMMARY OF FACTS:
The Information alleged a breach of Rule 638 (3) (g) (ii) in that D Johnson (VENATO) used her whip in consecutive strides on her mount SAVY YONG BLONK.
At the outset of the hearing, Ms Johnson confirmed she understood the Rule and admitted the breach.
Mr Oatham played the videos of the final stages of the race. Ms Johnson used her whip consecutively (2 times in succession) on two occasions prior to the finish. She won the race by a short head margin. Ms Johnson said the films were clear and there was nothing she could add.
REASON FOR DECISION:
Ms Johnson admitted the breach, therefore the charge was deemed proved.
SUBMISSION FOR PENALTY:
Mr Oatham said this was Ms Johnson’s third offence within the last 6 month period. Previous charges were:
The Stewards’ submission was for a penalty in line with the Guidelines. Ms Johnson said she was aware of and understood the new penalties.
REASON FOR PENALTY:
Revised Penalty Guidelines came into effect on 1st September this year.
For a third breach of consecutive whip use the penalty is the greater of a $500 fine or 50% of the Jockey’s share of the stake. Ms Johnson won the race and her share of the prizemoney was $7,187.50.
The Adjudicating Committee imposed a fine of $3,500 which is approximately 50% of Ms Johnson’s winning stake.
Ms Johnson is fined $3,500.
Decision Date: 16/10/2021
Publish Date: 18/10/2021