Riccarton Park-Canterbury JC – 23 October 2021 – R 6 – Ms Meghann Gestain

ID: RIB5340

Respondent(s):
Meghann Gestain - Apprentice Jockey

Applicant:
Mr M Davidson - Stipendiary Steward

Adjudicators:
Chair, Dave Anderson

Persons Present:
Mr N McIntyre Chairman of Stewards and Miss Gestain and Mr Michael Pitman.

Information Number:
A16578

Decision Type:
Adjudicative Decision

Charge:
M Gestain struck her mount QUEEN SWEEP six times prior to the 100 metres.

Rule(s):
638(3)(e)

Plea:
Admitted

Animal Name:
QUEEN SWEEP

Race Number:
R6

Hearing Date:
23/10/2021

Hearing Location:
Riccarton Racecourse, Christchurch.

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Rider Meghann Gestain is fined $250.

EVIDENCE:

Following the running of Race 6 Stipendiary Steward, Mr M Davidson presented an Information alleging a breach of rule 638(3)(e) by Apprentice Jockey, Meghann Gestain which was admitted. Miss Gestain was assisted at the hearing by Licenced Trainer, Mr Michael Pitman.

Mr Davidson showed the available videos of the race and identified Miss Gestain (QUEEN SWEEP) racing towards the rear of the field on the rail.

Mr Davidson counted 6 strikes by Miss Gestain which she agreed with, as did Mr Pitman.

REASON FOR DECISION:

As Miss Gestain admitted the breach, the charge was found proved.

SUBMISSIONS FOR PENALTY:

Mr Davidson stated Miss Gestain has a good record but unfortunately was warned for her whip use on the 2nd of October. This he said has made her eligible for a first offense starting point, whichever is greater, a $250 fine or 50% of jockey share of stake. He said the percentage was non-applicable in this case.

CONCLUSIONS:

Accordingly, Miss Gestain is fined $250.

Decision Date: 23/10/2021

Publish Date: 26/10/2021