Hawkes Bay RI 16 October 2021 – R8 – Danielle Johnson

ID: RIB5228

Respondent(s):
Danielle Johnson - Jockey

Applicant:
Mr J Oatham - Chief Stipendiary Steward

Adjudicators:
N Moffatt and T Castles

Persons Present:
Ms V Algar - Stipendiary Steward

Information Number:
A15618

Decision Type:
Adjudicative Decision

Charge:
Consecutive use of whip

Rule(s):
638(3)(g)(ii) - whip offence

Plea:
Admitted

Animal Name:
SAVY YONG BLONK

Code:
Thoroughbred

Race Date:
16/10/2021

Race Club:
Hawkes Bay Race Club

Race Location:
Hastings Racecourse - 200 Prospect Road, Hastings, 4122

Race Number:
R8

Hearing Date:
16/10/2021

Hearing Location:
Hastings Racecourse

Outcome: Proved

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:

18/9/21  $400

13/10/21 $300

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.

CONCLUSIONS:

Ms Johnson is fined $3,500.

Decision Date: 16/10/2021

Publish Date: 18/10/2021