Waikato BOP H 12 August 2021 – R3 – Zev Meredith

ID: RIB4077

Respondent(s):
Zev Meredith - Junior Driver

Applicant:
Mr S Mulcay-Senior Stipendiary Steward

Adjudicators:
Mr A Godsalve

Persons Present:
Mr D Balle: Trainer/Driver assisting Mr Meredith

Information Number:
A16251

Decision Type:
Adjudicative Decision

Charge:
Using whip with more than a flicking motion.

Rule(s):
869(2) - Uses whip in contravention of Regulations, Whip and Rein Regulations - Regulations by Harness Board

Plea:
Admitted

Animal Name:
OHAKA ACHILLES

Code:
Harness

Race Date:
12/08/2021

Race Club:
Waikato BOP Harness Racing Inc

Race Location:
Cambridge Raceway - 1 Taylor Street, Cambridge, 3434

Race Number:
R3

Hearing Date:
12/08/2021

Hearing Location:
Cambridge

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Driver Zev Meredith is fined $200.

SUMMARY OF FACTS:

Following Race 3 Mr Mulcay submitted an Information alleging that Junior Driver Z Meredith used his whip with more than a wrist only flicking motion.

Mr Meredith, assisted by Mr D Balle was present at the hearing and acknowledged that he:

Understood the Rule and Regulations, and that he

admitted the breach.

Rule 869(2) states: ‘No driver shall during any race use a whip in a manner in contravention of the Use of the Whip Regulations made by the Board.’

The Whip & Rein Regulations ( 3.1. ) provide ‘ A driver may only apply the whip in a wrist only flicking motion whilst holding a rein in each hand with the tip of the whip pointed forward in an action which does not engage the shoulder.’

SUBMISSIONS:

Using the films Mr Mulcay identified the horse OHAKA ACHILLES driven by Mr Meredith early in the run home. The horse was mounting a strong challenge on the outer and initially Mr Meredith used his whip correctly. However further up the straight it was clear that Mr Meredith struck the horse several times in a manner which breached the Regulations. OHAKA ACHILLES finished second.

Mr Meredith said he admitted the breach and added that he just got a bit ‘carried away’ as the horse was finishing strongly.

Mr Balle asked for some clarification of the Guidelines and accepted that Mr Meredith’s use of the whip was unacceptable.

REASON FOR DECISION:

As Mr Meredith admitted the breach the charge is proved.

SUBMISSIONS FOR PENALTY:

Mr Mulcay said that as this was Mr Meredith’s first breach a fine of $200 may be appropriate in line with the Guidelines.

REASON FOR PENALTY:

There were no mitigating or aggravating factors to warrant a variation of the fine outlined in the Guide.

CONCLUSIONS:

A fine of $200 was imposed on Mr Meredith.

Decision Date: 12/08/2021

Publish Date: 13/08/2021