Winton HRC 19 January 2022 – R9 – Michael House

ID: RIB7051

Respondent(s):
Michael House - Trainer

Applicant:
Mr V Munro - Stipendiary Steward

Adjudicators:
Mr N Skelt

Persons Present:
Miss R Haley - Stipendiary Steward

Information Number:
A16021

Decision Type:
Adjudicative Decision

Charge:
Late gear notification

Rule(s):
865(1) - Late gear notification

Plea:
Admitted

Animal Name:
Art Courage

Code:
Harness

Race Date:
19/01/2022

Race Club:
Winton Harness Racing Club

Race Location:
Winton Racecourse - Racecourse Road, Winton, 9720

Race Number:
R9

Hearing Date:
19/01/2022

Hearing Location:
Winton

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Trainer Michael House was fined the sum of $150

EVIDENCE:

At the conclusion of Race 9 the Brecon Farms Mobile Pace 2400m an Information (A16021) was lodged by Stipendiary Steward Mr V Munro alleging that Trainer Mr M House (Art Courage) notified Stewards of a late gear change being his third offence.

Mr T Dewe, Stable Foreman for Mr M House with his Southland team, admitted the breach on Mr M House’s behalf.

Mr T Dewe was present at the hearing and confirmed he understood the Rule.

The Rule reads: The Trainer or person in control of the horse shall give notice in the manner prescribed in the approved gear regulations of the notifiable gear to be worn by a horse in a totalisator race no later than the official deadline for the notification of drivers at the race meeting in which a horse is entered.

SUBMISSIONS:

Mr V Munro confirmed that Mr T Dewe had not notified the Stewards within the regulated time of the change of gear to ART COURAGE in Race 9.

Mr T Dewe had no comment to make.

REASONS FOR DECISION:

Mr T Dewe has admitted the charge which is found proved accordingly.

SUBMISSIONS FOR PENALTY:

Mr V Munro was seeking an uplift in penalty as this was the third event of this nature in the past six months, Mr House was fined $50 at the Wairio meeting on 14/10/2021 and a further $50 at the Cambridge meeting on 25/11/2021.

Mr T Dewe had no submissions on penalty.

REASONS FOR PENALTY:

The Adjudicative Committee noted that the normal starting point for this event was $50 for a first offence. The Adjudicative Committee determined that an uplift of penalty was appropriate in this case being the third event in six months.

CONCLUSION:

Mr House was fined the sum of $150.

Decision Date: 19/01/2022

Publish Date: 20/01/2022