Waikouaiti TC 4 February 2024 – R1 – Michael Love

ID: RIB38563

Michael William Love - Other (Amateur Driver)

Mr Shane Renault - Stipendiary Steward

Geoff Hall

Persons Present:
Mr Paul Williams - Stipendiary Steward

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Decision Type:
Race Related Charge

Careless Driving

869(3)(b) - Riding/driving infringement


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Race Club:
Waikouaiti Trotting Club

Race Location:
Oamaru Racecourse - Highway 1, Oamaru North, Oamaru, 9494

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Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Amateur Driver Michael Love is suspended 6 weeks

Mr Renault alleged that in Race 1, Mr Love (GET KRAKEN) shifted inwards near the 500 metres when insufficiently clear of FOVEAUX GAMBLER, which was checked and broke, with a trailing runner also being checked and breaking.

Mr Williams demonstrated the incident on the videos. The Respondent was 3-wide and urging his horse at the 500 metres when he shifted in and came into contact with FOVEAUX GAMBLER (Mrs Negus). The tyre on Mr Love’s cart punctured and wrapped itself around the axle. Mr Love’s horse was retired from the race as a consequence.  FOVEAUX GAMBLER was checked and broke. The trailing FORTY WIVES was also checked and broke.

Mr Love accepted the Stewards’ analysis of the video and said his horse was lugging in a bit and he was trying to correct him. He accepted he had shifted in when not clear of Mrs Negus.


As Mr Love has admitted the breach, it is found to be proved.

Submissions as to Penalty

Mr Renault produced the Respondent’s record which showed that Mr Love has had 1 drive this season and 5 the last. He has had 17 lifetime drives. His record is clear. Mr Renault submitted the breach was high-range due to the fact two horses’ chances were lost and a further horse was badly affected.

Mr Love did not disagree with the Stewards’ assessment of the gravity of the breach and asked that any suspension start immediately.

Reasons for Penalty

The breach is high-range. Mr Love’s carelessness has affected the chance of one horse and extinguished the chances of his own and another. Mr Love has admitted the breach. A penalty at the starting point is appropriate.


The starting point in the Penalty Guide is a 3-day suspension. Amateur Driver penalties are calculated on the basis of 2 drives per month. Mr Love is suspended from the end of racing today, up to and including 17 March 2024. This is 6 weeks.

Decision Date: 04/02/2024

Publish Date: 07/02/2024