Waikato BOP H 30 September 2021 – R3 – Sean McCaffrey
Waikato BOP Harness Racing Inc
Cambridge Raceway - 1 Taylor Street, Cambridge, 3434
Penalty: Driver Sean McCaffrey was fined $200
SUMMARY OF FACTS:
Following the running of Race 3 Mr McCaffrey faced a charge in that ‘he used his whip free of the rein on one occasion in the run home’.
Mr McCaffrey was present at the hearing and acknowledged that he understood the Rule and Regulations and that he admitted the breach.
Using the film Mr Mulcay identified BETTERZIPPIT as the field entered the home straight. The horse was leading and it was clear on the film that Mr McCaffrey had struck the horse with an action in breach of the Guidelines. He raised his arm, free of the rein and struck the horse once without much force.
Mr McCaffrey said he thought the horse was going to ‘pull up’ on him. He went on to win the race.
REASON FOR DECISION:
As Mr McCaffrey admitted the breach the charge is proved.
SUBMISSION FOR PENALTY:
Mr Mulcay said that Mr McCaffrey had a clear record as far as breaches of the Rule went, although he had been warned over his whip use. Hence the charge today.
REASON FOR PENALTY:
The Penalty Guide determines a fine with a starting point of $200 in these circumstances. We see no reason to alter that.
Mr McCaffrey was fined $200.
Decision Date: 30/09/2021
Publish Date: 04/10/2021