R Tauranga 23 September 2023 – R2 – Gareth Lahoud
Racing Tauranga Inc
Tauranga Racecourse - 1383 Cameron Road, Greerton, Tauranga,
Penalty: Apprentice Jockey Gareth Lahoud is fined $150
Following the running of Race 2, “the Bayleys Bay of Plenty 1200”, Mr Oatham presented an Information charging Apprentice Rider Mr G Lahoud with a breach of the Whip Rule 638(3)(g)(ii) in that he struck his mount, “GEE CEE”, in two consecutive strides when passing the 50 metres mark.
Mr Lahoud admitted the breach.
Mr Oatham demonstrated the breach from the race films which showed that GEE CEE was fighting out the finish in the last 100 metres, and when hard ridden, Mr Lahoud struck it in two consecutive strides close to the finish. It finished second, a nose from the winner.
As the charge was admitted, it was deemed proved.
SUBMISSIONS FOR PENALTY:
Mr Oatham advised that this was Mr Lahoud’s third ride in the Northern region and he has had no previous penalties imposed for a breach of the Whip Rule but was warned for a breach on 16 September 2023 – 1 week ago.
Mr Harris advised that Mr Lahoud was very inexperienced and became a little excited when in a close contested finish. He accepted that Mr Lahoud was still learning and accepted that a fine was appropriate.
REASONS FOR PENALTY:
In line with the Penalty Guide for a second offence (after one warning), for 2 prohibited consecutive strides, a fine of $150 was imposed.
Apprentice Rider Mr G Lahoud is fined $150.
Decision Date: 23/09/2023
Publish Date: 25/09/2023