Pakuranga HC 19 September 2021 – R4 – Nick Downs

ID: RIB4857

Respondent(s):
Nick Downs - Jockey

Applicant:
Mr B Jones - Stipendiary Steward

Adjudicators:
Mr Noel McCutcheon

Persons Present:
B Jones, J Oatham (Stipendiary Steward), N Downs

Information Number:
A15932

Decision Type:
Adjudicative Decision

Charge:
Consecutive Strikes with Whip

Rule(s):
638(3)(h)(ii)

Plea:
Admitted

Code:
Thoroughbred

Race Date:
19/09/2021

Race Club:
Pakuranga Hunt Club

Race Location:
Te Aroha Racecourse - Stanley Road South, Te Aroha,

Race Number:
R4

Hearing Date:
19/09/2021

Hearing Location:
Te Aroha Racecourse

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Jockey Nick Downs is fined $400

SUMMARY OF FACTS:

Mr Downs the Rider of FLYING WITHOUT WINGS) in Race 4 (Pakuranga Hunt Landowners Mdn Steeplechase) was charged with striking his mount in three consecutive strides over the concluding stages.

EVIDENCE:

Mr Jones showed film replays and identified where Mr Downs struck his horse three consecutive times.

Mr Downs agreed with Mr Jones.

REASON FOR DECISION:

As the charge was admitted and together with the film evidence, it was deemed proved.

SUBMISSION FOR PENALTY:

Mr Jones said that Mr Downs had one prior breach of the Whip Rule on 10 June 2021 when a fine of $350 was imposed.  He added that the Penalty Guideline for 3 consecutive strikes calls for a $150 fine or 50% of the Jockey’s share of the stake, whichever is the greater.

Mr Downs agreed with his record and added that he became a little excited.

REASON FOR PENALTY:

Mr Downs’ mount won the race with prizemoney being $8,400.  Mr Downs’ share being approximately $800 with 50% being $400.

CONCLUSIONS:

Mr Downs was fined $400.

Decision Date: 19/09/2021

Publish Date: 22/09/2021