Rangiora HRC 3 April 2022 – R4 – Richard May

ID: RIB8421

Respondent(s):
Richard Terrance May - Driver

Applicant:
Mr Steve Mulcay - Chief Stipendiary Steward

Adjudicators:
Dave Anderson

Information Number:
A16640

Decision Type:
Adjudicative Decision

Charge:
Shifting inside pylons.

Rule(s):
869(7A)(b) - Sulky protruding inside marker line.

Plea:
Admitted

Animal Name:
SARGENT BEST

Code:
Harness

Race Date:
03/04/2022

Race Club:
Rangiora Harness Racing Club

Race Location:
Rangiora Racecourse - 312 Lehmans Road, Fernside, Rangiora, 7440

Race Number:
R4

Hearing Date:
03/04/2022

Hearing Location:
Rangiora Raceway

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Driver Rick May is fined $200

EVIDENCE:

Following the running of Race 4, Chief RIB Steward Mr Steve Mulcay produced an Information alleging a breach of Rule 869(7A)(b) by Open Driver Mr Richard May.

The detail in the Information stated, “SARGENT BEST (R May) went inside the final pylon prior to the passing lane without gaining an advantage”.

Mr May signed the Information admitting the breach and confirmed he was conversant with the Charge and the Rule.

Mr Mulcay played the video replay of the final 300 metres and identified Mr May racing in the trail entering the home straight. He pointed to Mr May’s sulky move inside the last pylon entering the straight. He stated the only advantage SARGENT BEST may have gained was on the winner of the race.

Mr May said he had nothing to add.

DECISION:

As the charge was admitted it was deemed proved.

SUBMISSIONS FOR PENALTY:

Mr Mulcay said Mr May had received a warning under this Rule on 25 March 2022. He said Mr May hasn’t gained any discernible advantage and considered a fine as an appropriate penalty.

Mr May made no submissions.

REASONS FOR PENALTY:

The Penalty Guidelines provide a starting point of a 4-day suspension or a $200 fine.

The video clearly shows Mr May’s sulky’s wheel protruding inside the last marker before the passing lane and considering Mr May’s recent warning and his admission the Adjudicative Committee find a $200 fine as an appropriate penalty in this case.

CONCLUSION:

Mr May is fined $200.

Decision Date: 03/04/2022

Publish Date: 04/04/2022