Waikato RC 1 October 2021 – R7 – Sam Spratt

ID: RIB5039

Respondent(s):
Sam Spratt - Jockey

Applicant:
Mr B Jones - Stipendiary Steward

Adjudicators:
Hon J W Gendall QC

Persons Present:
Ms S Spratt, Mr B Jones, Mr J Oatham - Chief Stipendiary Steward

Information Number:
A15943

Decision Type:
Adjudicative Decision

Charge:
Excessive use of whip

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

Plea:
Admitted

Code:
Thoroughbred

Race Date:
01/10/2021

Race Club:
Waikato Racing Club

Race Location:
Te Rapa Racecourse - Te Rapa Road, Hamilton, 3200

Race Number:
R7

Hearing Date:
01/10/2021

Hearing Location:
Te Rapa Racecourse

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Jockey Sam Spratt is fined $500

SUMMARY OF FACTS:

Following the running of Race 7, the Sky City Hilton Waikato Cup Day 11/12 2100, Mr Jones presented an Information alleging that Ms Spratt committed a breach of Rule 638(3)(g)(i) in that she struck her mount, PEECEE PUSSYCAT more than 5 times prior to the 100 metre mark.

SUBMISSIONS:

Mr Jones demonstrated from the race film that Ms Spratt stuck her mount with the whip 6 times in the straight prior to the 100 metre mark.

Ms Spratt contended that her actions involved only one more strike than is permitted, she acknowledged that this was a breach of the Rule and accepted that she was required to face an appropriate penalty.

REASON FOR DECISION:

As Ms Spratt admitted the breach, it was deemed proved.

SUBMISSION FOR PENALTY:

Ms Spratt has had one previous breach of the Rule, in August 2021.

REASON FOR PENALTY:

Accordingly, in line with the Penalty Guide she is fined $500 (as her share of the stake earned was very much less and minimal).

CONCLUSIONS:

Ms Spratt is fined $500.

Decision Date: 01/10/2021

Publish Date: 04/10/2021