NZ Metro TC 13 August 2021 – R1 – Protest – Top Hat and Tails

ID: RIB4123

Respondent(s):
Ken Barron - Trainer

Applicant:
Shane Renault, Stipendiary Steward

Adjudicators:
Russell McKenzie

Persons Present:
Mrs K L Glass and Mr K W Fergus (Part-Owners)

Information Number:
A16112

Decision Type:
Protest

Rule(s):
870 (3) and Breaking Horses Regulation

Plea:
Not Contested

Protest:
Top Hat and Tails placed 4th broke in excess of 150 metres after the start.

Animal Name:
Top Hat and Tails

Code:
Harness

Race Date:
13/08/2021

Race Club:
NZ Metropolitan Trotting Club Inc

Race Location:
Addington Raceway - 75 Jack Hinton Drive, Addington, Christchurch, 8024

Race Number:
R1

Hearing Date:
13/08/2021

Hearing Location:
Addington Raceway, Christchurch

Outcome: Protest Upheld

Penalty: Top Hat and Tails placed 4th disqualified

SUMMARY OF FACTS:

The information alleged that TOP HAT AND TAILS, placed 4th by the Judge in Race 1, Dunstan Horsefeeds Mobile Trot, “broke in excess of 150 metres shortly after the start”.

EVIDENCE:

Mr Renault showed a video replay of the first 200 metres of the race, a 1980 metres mobile start event for trotters. He pointed out TOP HAT AND TAILS (J R Dunn), drawn barrier position 3, go into a break shortly after the start and continue on in a gallop for, he alleged, approximately 160 metres. Mr Renault demonstrated the distance by reference to the track markers which were 21 metres apart, he said. Mr Renault sought disqualification of TOP HAT AND TAILS.

Mrs Glass and Mr Fergus did not dispute the alleged distance for which the horse galloped, but submitted that it was quite close.

REASON FOR DECISION:

The Adjudicator was satisfied that TOP HAT AND TAILS had broken, free of interference, shortly after the mobile start and had continued on in a gallop for a distance in excess of 150 metres. In terms of the Breaking Horses Regulations, the Adjudicator was required to disqualify the horse.

CONCLUSION:

The protest was upheld and TOP HAT AND TAILS was disqualified. Consequent upon the disqualification, the amended result for the race is as follows:

1st    7  Faith No More

2nd  5  Spot The Gamble

3rd   2  Kenny Keko

4th   1   K D Hawk

5th   6   Prince Envy

It was ordered that dividends and stakes be paid in accordance with the amended result.

Decision Date: 13/08/2021

Publish Date: 16/08/2021