Non Raceday Inquiry – Decision dated 15 December 2021 – Matt Brinsdon
Penalty: Trainer Matt Brindson was fined the sum of $150
Information Number A16503 filed by Stipendiary Steward Mr V Munro alleges that the Respondent Mr Matt Brinsdon as the Registered Trainer of MACH QUILLAN failed to lodge a Horse Movement Notification in Race 9 at the Geraldine Trotting Club held on the 27th November 2021.
Mr Munro presented an Authority to Charge signed by Mr Mike Clement, Chief Executive of the Racing Integrity Board, authorising the filing of the Information pursuant to Rule 823(3) .
THE RULE: 823(3) & Horse Movement Regulations
Trainers who intend campaigning their horse/s away from their registered stable for a period of 7 consecutive or more days must complete a Horse Movement Notification Form and send to HRNZ prior to the date of departure.
SUMMARY OF FACTS:
1. Mr Munro stated that he presented the Information to Mr Brinsdon who admitted that he had made an error by not having notified HRNZ that his horse MACH QUILLAN had stayed in Canterbury at Robert and Jenna Dunn’s Stable rather than returning home to Gore .
2. Mr Munro stated that Mr Brinsdon had cooperated fully and had admitted the breach immediately. Mr Brinsdon had made a horse movement for the horse from 8th to the 15th November 2021 to the stable of R &J Dunn at Woodend Beach. The horse raced at Addington on Fri 12th November 2021, the horses then stayed at the Dunn’s Stable and raced on Sat 27th November 2021 at the Geraldine Trotting Club.
3. Mr Munro stated that the major concern around the horse staying with the Dunn’s Stable is that it had raced and won convincingly at the Geraldine Trotting Club Meeting under Mr Brinsdon’s name as the Trainer. His concern was that the betting public were unaware of this and that the Dunn’s were very prominent in the NZ Training Premiership . The horse paid over $4 for a win on the totalisator and he felt that this may have not been the case officially if it had raced under the Dunn’s trading partnership.
4. Mr Munro said the breach is usually handled by way of a Minor Infringement however with the consequential effect of the horse winning it had been decided to place this matter before the Adjudicative Committee and asked for an uplift from the $50 fine.
SUBMISSIONS OF THE RESPONDENT:
1: Mr Brinsdon said that he was remorseful and his actions were not intentional, he simply has made an error of judgement. The horse had been vetted and it was his intention to bring his horse home but because of the vetting it was decided to leave the horse in the Dunn’s care for a further period of time.
REASON FOR DECISION:
Mr Brinsdon has admitted the breach which is found proved accordingly.
SUBMISSION FOR PENALTY:
Neither Mr Munro nor Mr Brinsdon had any submissions on penalty.
REASON FOR PENALTY:
Mr Brinsdon has admitted the breach at the first opportunity and has been remorseful. The Penalty Guide sees this as a minor infringement in normal circumstances and a $50 fine is standard practice.
In fixing penalty the Adjudicative Committee has taken into account Mr Brinsdon’s early admission of the breach and has a starting point of $200 fine which in turn is reduced by $50 to a fine of $150 fine in this instance. Mr Brinsdon was reminded of his professional obligations, as in this instance the betting public had not had the correct information around the horse’s movements and who was officially training it. The onus in this instance is always with the Trainer of the horse to notify any horse movements, not of the transferred Trainer/s where the horse may be stabled for a period of time.
Decision Date: 15/12/2021
Publish Date: 20/12/2021