Wellington RC 24 October 2021 – R 1 – Mr Jonathan Riddell

ID: RIB5343

Respondent(s):
Jonathan Riddell - Jockey

Applicant:
N Goodwin Stipendiary Steward

Adjudicators:
N Moffatt

Information Number:
A15505

Decision Type:
Adjudicative Decision

Charge:
Excessive use whip

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

Plea:
Admitted

Animal Name:
NONCHALANT

Code:
Thoroughbred

Race Date:
24/10/2021

Race Club:
Wellington Racing Club

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

Race Number:
R1

Hearing Date:
24/10/2021

Hearing Location:
Trentham racecourse

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Jockey, Jonathan Riddell was fined $250

SUMMARY OF FACTS:

The Information alleged a breach of Rule 638(3)(g)(i) in that J Riddell used his whip excessively in the home straight.

Mr Riddell signed the information confirming he admitted the breach, and Mr Goodwin used the head-on video to show where he struck his horse on 6 occasions prior to the 100m.

DECISION:

Mr Riddell admitted the breach, therefore the charge was deemed proved.

SUBMISSION FOR PENALTY:

Mr Goodwin said this was Mr Riddell’s first breach of the whip rules for a very long time and the long Trentham straight sometimes caught riders out.

Mr Riddell said he was not a Rider who usually breached the whip Rules, and while  the long straight may have contributed he was not using that as an excuse. He said there were long gaps between each hit.

REASON FOR PENALTY:

The Committee had regard to the revised Penalty Guidelines of September 1st 2021 and note that no discount is given for admission of the breach or a clear record. For a first offence, such as this, the starting point is the greater of $250 fine or 50% of the jockey share of the stake. Mr Riddell ran third on NONCHALANT and earned $33.75. There were no aggravating factors requiring an uplift. Mr Riddell was only one strike over the allowed five and between each hit he rode hands and heels for several strides each time.

CONCLUSIONS:

Mr Riddell is fined $250.

Decision Date: 24/10/2021

Publish Date: 26/10/2021