R Te Aroha 3 October 2021 – R10 – Michael McNab

ID: RIB5066

Respondent(s):
Michael McNab - Jockey

Applicant:
Mr B Jones - Stipendiary Steward

Adjudicators:
Hon J W Gendall QC

Persons Present:
Mr B Jones, Mr M McNab

Information Number:
A15948

Decision Type:
Adjudicative Decision

Charge:
Used whip in three consecutive strides

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

Plea:
Admitted

Code:
Thoroughbred

Race Date:
03/10/2021

Race Club:
Racing Te Aroha

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

Race Number:
R10

Hearing Date:
03/10/2021

Hearing Location:
Te Aroha Racecourse

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Jockey Michael McNab is fined $150

SUMMARY OF FACTS:

Mr Jones presented an Information following the running of Race 10, the BRENDON AND LYNN BRADLEY BAYLEYS COMMERICAL 1400, alleging that Mr McNab, the Rider of FOUR QUEENS breached Rule 638(3)(g)(ii).

The alleged breach was that Mr McNab struck his mount with the whip on 3 consecutive strides prior to the finish of the race.

Mr McNab admitted the breach of the Rule and said that he did not wish to be present at the hearing of the Information – which was some time after racing finished for the day.

SUBMISSIONS:

Mr Jones demonstrated from the race film that Mr McNab riding FOUR QUEENS was leading the field close to the finishing post, but when fast finishing CORINNE challenged, he struck his mount 3 times in the final 50 metres.  FOUR QUEENS was caught by CORINNE and beaten into second place by a narrow margin of a lead.

REASON FOR DECISION:

FOUR QUEENS was a dominant favourite for the race, and whilst it may be understandable that Mr McNab acted so as to do his best to retain his lead, the consecutive strides breached the “Whip” Rule as Mr McNab accepted.

SUBMISSION FOR PENALTY:

Mr McNab has no relevant breach of the Rule in the past 6 months.

REASON FOR PENALTY:

In line with the Penalty Guidelines he is fined $150.

CONCLUSIONS:

Mr McNab is fined $150.

Decision Date: 03/10/2021

Publish Date: 05/10/2021