Methven TC 10 September 2023 – R3 – Bob Butt

ID: RIB27158

Bob Butt - Driver

Matthew Sole - Stipendiary Steward

Stewart Ching (Chair)

Persons Present:
Bob Butt - Driver, Matthew Sole - Stipendiary Steward, Shane Renault - Stipendiary Steward

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Decision Type:
Race Related Charge

Breach of Whip Rule

869(2) - Contravention whip rule - Whip and Rein Regulations


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Race Club:
Methven Trotting Club

Race Location:
Methven Racecourse - 47 Mount Hutt Station Road, Methven, 7782

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Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Driver Bob Butt is fined $250

Summary of Facts:

Following the running of Race 3, the Respondent Bob Butt, admitted a breach of Whip Rule 869(2) and the Whip & Rein Regulations.

The particulars of the charge are that when driving TAKE THE DEAL, he used his whip with more than a wrist flicking motion in the run home.

Rule 869 provides that:

(2) 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.

Regulation 3.1 reads as follows;


 3.1 A driver may only apply the whip in a wrist only flicking motion whilst holding a rein in each hand with the tip of the whip pointed forward in an action which does not engage the shoulder.

Stipendiary Steward Matthew Sole, with the assistance of Stipendiary Steward Shane Renault, used available video footage to demonstrate the alleged breach. Mr Renault pointed out Mr Butt use his whip in more than a wrist flicking motion on 3 occasions in the home run, before reverting back to a more compliant style over the concluding stages of the race.

The Respondent elected to make no submissions in regard to the breach.


As Mr Butt has admitted the breach, it is therefore found proved.

Submissions for Penalty:

Mr Sole stated that Mr Butt was warned regarding use of his whip at Addington on 25 August 2023, for more than a wrist flicking motion.  He stated that this breach was low-level and with the Penalty Guide providing a 2-day suspension or $300 fine starting point for a low-range initial breach, he submitted that a $300 fine be considered as penalty with mitigating factors to consider, being Mr Butt’s frank admission and his good record.

The Respondent submitted that a fine was his preferred penalty.

Reasons for Penalty:

After consideration of the evidence from all parties concerned and viewing the race films of the concluding stages of the race, the Adjudicative Committee agreed with the Stewards and assessed the breach as low-level.

The Penalty Guide provides a 2-day suspension or $300 fine as a starting point for an initial breach of this Rule.

With consideration that this was Mr Butt’s first offence, that the breach was low level and there were no aggravating factors to consider, it was determined that a starting point of $300 be adopted. Taking into consideration Mr Butt’s frank admission and his good record, a combined discount was deemed warranted. That discount was set at $50.


The Respondent is fined the sum of $250.

Decision Date: 10/09/2023

Publish Date: 11/09/2023