Westport TC 26 December 2021 – R3 – Alana Cameron

ID: RIB6643

Alana Cameron - Junior Driver

Paul Williams

Olivia Jarvis

Persons Present:
Mr Williams, Ms Cameron, Mr Ricky May - assisting Ms Cameron

Information Number:

Decision Type:
Race Related Charge

Excessive use of whip, more than a wrist flicking motion

869(2) - Contravention whip rule


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Race Date:

Race Club:
Westport Trotting Club

Race Location:
Westport Racecourse - 15 Derby Street, Westport, 7825

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Hearing Date:

Hearing Location:
Westport TC

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Junior Driver, Ms Cameron is suspended for 3 days.

Summary of Facts:

Following the running of Race 3, the Respondent, Ms A Cameron admitted a breach of Whip Rule 869(2).  The particulars of the charge are that she used more than a wrist flicking motion in the home straight. Ms Cameron was assisted at the hearing by Mr May.

Rule 869 provides that:

(2) No driver shall during any race use a whip in a manner in contravention of the Use of the Whip Regulations made by the Board.

Stipendiary Steward, Mr Williams used available video footage to demonstrate Ms Cameron using more than a wrist flicking motion in the home straight.

In response, the Respondent advised the Adjudicative Committee that she accepted she had used more than a wrist flicking motion but they were not forceful strikes.


The charge is admitted and therefore proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Williams produced Ms Cameron’s record which indicated she had a recent relevant breach of this Rule.

Mr Williams said that Stewards assessed the breach to be in the mid-range and submitted that it be dealt with by way of 3 day suspension.

The Respondent agreed that it could be categorised as mid-range and accepted that a suspension would be considered given her recent non-compliance.

Ms Cameron submitted that if a suspension is proposed a deferment is sought to enable her to drive up until 30 December 2021.

Reasons For Penalty:

After consideration of the evidence from all parties concerned and viewing the video footage of the concluding stages of the Race the Adjudicative Committee assessed the breach as mid-range.

A medium-level breach  is defined as when a driver inadvertently reverts to the old style (freehand, loose reining and/or more than a flicking motion) and continues to drive in this manner for some distance (50 metres) before taking corrective steps to return to a compliant style of driving.

Given this is Ms Cameron’s second breach in close proximity a suspension is appropriate.

Having considered all factors, the Adjudicative Committee deemed a three day suspension to be an appropriate penalty.


The Respondent is suspended from driving for three days.

The Respondent is granted a deferment and is suspended for a period of 3 days commencing after the close of racing on 30 December 2022. The days to be included are as follows:

  • 1 January 2022 at Rangiora
  • 4 January 2022 at Roxburgh
  • 6 January 2022 at Cromwell



Decision Date: 26/12/2021

Publish Date: 28/12/2021