Wellington RC 19 March 2022 – R1 – Kozzi Asano

ID: RIB8144

Respondent(s):
Kozzi Asano - Apprentice Jockey

Applicant:
Mr John Oatham - Chief Stipendiary Steward

Adjudicators:
N McCutcheon (Chair) and Hon J W Gendall QC

Persons Present:
Mr K Asano, Ms K Clapperton (Apprentice Riding Mentor Central District) assisting Mr Asano, Mr J Oatham

Information Number:
A14521

Decision Type:
Adjudicative Decision

Charge:
Excessive use of the whip

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

Plea:
Admitted

Code:
Thoroughbred

Race Date:
19/03/2022

Race Club:
Wellington Racing Club

Race Location:
Trentham - 10 Racecourse Rd, Upper Hutt, 5018

Race Number:
R1

Hearing Date:
19/03/2022

Hearing Location:
Trentham

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Apprentice Jockey Kozzi Asano is fined $500

FACTS:

Mr Kozzi Asano the Rider of “DISS IS DRAMATIC” admitted a breach of Rule 638(3)(g)(i) in that he used his whip excessively prior to the 100m (6 strikes).

Mr Asano said that he understood the Rule, charge and confirmed that he admitted the breach.

Film replays were shown with Mr Oatham identifying the 6 strikes prior to the 100m (5 being the limit).

Mr Asano said that he miscounted.

Ms Clapperton was of the opinion that the long straight may have contributed to the error.

DECISION:

The charge was admitted and was therefore found proved.

PENALTY SUBMISSIONS:

Mr Oatham produced Mr Asano’s record which showed two prior breaches of the Rule;

10.11.21        –           Suspended for 7 days

05.03.22         –           Fined $250

Mr Oatham referred to the Penalty Guide.

Mr Asano and Ms Clapperton did not comment.

REASONS FOR PENALTY:

The Penalty Guide starting point is for a fine of $500 for a third breach in six months.

Taking all matters into consideration it was deemed by the Adjudicative Committee that the starting point was a suitable penalty.

CONCLUSION:

Mr Asano was fined $500.

Decision Date: 19/03/2022

Publish Date: 22/03/2022