Manawatu HRC 15 February 2022 – R2 – Mark Johnson
Manawatu Harness Racing Club
Manawatu Raceway - Pioneer Highway, Palmerston North,
Penalty: Junior Driver Mark Johnson was fined $350
SUMMARY OF FACTS
Mr Johnson, the Driver of “AURELIA COTTA” admitted a charge of using his whip in a continuous manner from near the 250m.
Mr Johnson, in the presence of Mr Abernethy, said that he understood the Rules, the charge and confirmed that he admitted the breach.
Mr Mulcay identified horse and Driver racing round the final bend, then said that from near the 250m until the end of the race, Mr Johnson had hit his horse no less than 20 times in a continuous manner. He added that the whip use was unacceptable.
As the charge was admitted, along with the film coverage, the charge was found proved.
Mr Mulcay said that Mr Johnson had a clear record and indicated that a 2-day suspension or a fine of $300 would be a suitable penalty.
Mr Johnson said that he made a mistake and had a brain fade. He said that he does have a good record.
REASONS FOR PENALTY
Film replays showed that Mr Johnson had hit his drive no less than 20 times during the final 250m in a continuous manner. Mr Johnson had the whip in his left hand. The whip use exhibited by Mr Johnson will not be condoned under any circumstances.
Taking into account all matters relating to penalty, a fine of $350 was considered an appropriate penalty.
Mr Mark Johnson was fined $350.
Decision Date: 15/02/2022
Publish Date: 22/02/2022