Hawkes Bay RI 18 September 2021 – R6 – Craig Grylls

ID: RIB4668

Respondent(s):
Craig Grylls - Jockey

Applicant:
Mr J Oatham - Chief Stipendiary Steward

Adjudicators:
N Moffatt

Persons Present:
Mr Neil Goodwin, Stipendiary Steward

Information Number:
A14590

Decision Type:
Adjudicative Decision

Charge:
Excessive use whip

Rule(s):
638(3)(g)(i) - Excessive use of whip

Plea:
Admitted

Animal Name:
Vernanme

Code:
Thoroughbred

Race Date:
18/09/2021

Race Club:
Hawkes Bay Race Club

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

Race Number:
R6

Hearing Date:
18/09/2021

Hearing Location:
Hastings racecourse

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Jockey Craig Grylls is fined $250

SUMMARY OF FACTS:

The Information alleged a breach of Rule 638 (3) (g) (i) in that C Grylls used his whip excessively prior to the 100m on VERNANME.

At the outset of the hearing, Mr Grylls confirmed he understood the Rule and admitted the breach.

EVIDENCE:

Mr Oatham played the head-on video and identified Mr Grylls racing adjacent to the running rail. While vying for the lead he drew his whip and struck his mount 6 times prior to the 100m mark eventually finishing in third place. Mr Grylls accepted that he had struck his mount one more time than allowed under the current Guidelines.

REASON FOR DECISION:

Mr Grylls admitted the breach, therefore the charge was deemed proved.

SUBMISSION FOR PENALTY:

Mr Oatham said Mr Grylls had a clear record under this Rule for the preceding 12 month period. He submitted that today’s breach was low end with the last strike coming very close to the 100m mark.

REASON FOR PENALTY:

The Committee was satisfied that this was a low end breach being one over the 5 strikes allowed. Taking into account Mr Grylls’ clear record and the current Penalty Guidelines a fine of $250 is appropriate.

CONCLUSIONS:

Accordingly Mr Grylls is fined the sum of $250.

Decision Date: 18/09/2021

Publish Date: 20/09/2021