NZ Metro TC 16 February 2024 – R5 (heard 17 February 2024 at Rangiora) – Alana Cameron

ID: RIB39072

Alana Jane Cameron - Junior Driver

Mr Shane Renault - Stipendiary Steward

Dave Anderson

Persons Present:
Paul Williams - Stipendiary Steward, Gavin Smith - Licenced Trainer, Miss Cameron and Mr Renault

Information Number:

Decision Type:
Race Related Charge

Using whip with more than a wrist flicking motion

869(2) - Contravention whip rule - Whip Regulations


Animal Name:


Race Date:

Race Club:
NZ Metropolitan Trotting Club Inc

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

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Hearing Date:

Hearing Location:
Rangiora Raceway

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Junior Driver Alana Cameron is suspended for 5 days


Following the running of Race 5, Stipendiary Steward Mr Shane Renault presented an Information alleging a breach of Rule 869(2) by Junior Driver Miss Alana Cameron.

The Information was opened, adjourned, and heard at Rangiora Raceway, Saturday 17 February 2024.

Ms Cameron stated she was conversant with the Rule, the Charge and confirmed she did admit the breach. Ms Cameron was assisted at the hearing by Open Driver Mr Gavin Smith.

Rule 869(2) Rule 869(2) provides that ‘No driver shall during a race use a whip in a manner in contravention of the Whip and Rein Regulations made by the board’ where the Regulations provide ‘A driver may only apply the whip in a wrist 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’. The Regulations provide definition in respect of wrist only flicking motion.

Mr Renault played the home straight video to identify Miss Cameron finishing wide on the track and pointed to her strike her horse 7 times, which he said was non-compliant. Mr Renault said Miss Cameron has engaged her elbow and generated too much force.

Mr Smith said Miss Cameron’s technique makes the breach look much worse than it is.

Miss Cameron made no submissions.


The Respondent having admitted the breach, it was deemed to be proved.


Mr Renault stated Miss Cameron has had 14 drives this season and 98 the previous.

He said Miss Cameron incurred a 2-day suspension at Westport on 26 December 2023 and a further 3 days at Blenheim on 19 January 2024 and this breach is Miss Cameron’s 3rd in 20 drives. He said the Stewards viewed this breach as mid-range.

Mr Renault submitted a suspension of no less than 5 days would be appropriate.

Miss Cameron made no submissions on Penalty.


The Penalty Guidelines provide a 4-day suspension starting point for a second breach of this Rule. There is no provision for a third breach, which this is. An uplift of 2 days is applied from the 4-day starting point to reflect Miss Cameron’s poor record accumulated in such a short period of time.

The Adjudicative Committee can afford Miss Cameron a day’s discount for her admission, her Junior Driver status, and accordingly, finds a 5-day suspension an appropriate penalty in the circumstances of this case.


Junior Driver Miss Alana Cameron’s Licence to drive in races is suspended from the conclusion of racing today, 17 February 2024, up to and including racing on 6 March 2024.

Decision Date: 17/02/2024

Publish Date: 19/02/2024