Invercargill HRC 25 February 2022 – R1 – Kelvin Franks
Invercargill Harness Racing Club
Ascot Park Raceway - 29 Findlay Road, Ascot, Invercargill, 9810
Ascot Park Racecourse
Penalty: Driver Kelvin Franks was fined the sum of $200
SUMMARY OF FACTS:
At the conclusion of Race 2 the WWW.SOUTHERNHARNESS.CO.NZ MOBILE TROT Information A16034 was lodged by Stipendiary Steward Mr V Munro alleging that Mr K Franks (ACTION PACKED) used his whip free of the rein twice over the concluding stages.
Mr Franks was present at the hearing and confirmed he understood the Rule and admitted the breach.
Mr Munro used the video footage of the concluding stages of the race highlighting Mr Franks using his whip free of the rein twice over the last 60 metres of the race.
Mr Franks agreed with Mr Munro’s summation.
Rule 869 (2) reads… No driver shall during any race use a whip in a manner in contravention of the use of the whip regulations made by the board.
REASON FOR DECISION:
Mr Franks having admitted the charge it was found proved.
SUBMISSION FOR PENALTY:
Mr Munro stated that Mr Franks has had 271 life time drives, he was not licensed last season, and has had 5 drives this season. Mr Munro added that Mr Franks was a hobby, owner, Trainer, Driver.
Mr Franks had no submissions on penalty.
REASONS FOR PENALTY:
The Penalty Guidelines under this Rule for a first offence recommend a fine of $200; in this instance there are no mitigating or aggravating factors.
Mr Franks was fined the sum of $200.
Decision Date: 25/02/2022
Publish Date: 28/02/2022