Winton JC 10 October 2021 – R2 – Kylie Williams

ID: RIB5121

Respondent(s):
Kylie Williams - Jockey

Applicant:
Mr M Davidson - Stipendiary Steward

Adjudicators:
Mr Nigel Skelt

Persons Present:
Miss R Haley - Stipendiary Steward, Mr N McIntyre - General Manager RIB

Information Number:
A15865

Decision Type:
Adjudicative Decision

Charge:
NZTR Guidelines for improper whip use 3 consecutive strikes

Rule(s):
638(3)(g)(ii) - Improper Whip Use

Plea:
Admitted

Animal Name:
Dreaming Easy

Code:
Thoroughbred

Race Date:
10/10/2021

Race Club:
Winton Jockey Club

Race Location:
Ascot Park Raceway - 29 Findlay Road, Ascot, Invercargill, 9810

Race Number:
R2

Hearing Date:
10/10/2021

Hearing Location:
Ascot Park

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Jockey Kylie Williams was fined the sum of $170.

SUMMARY OF FACTS:

Following the running of Race 2 The Ryal Bush Transport & Nightcaps Contracting R74 1200, an Information 15865 was lodged by Stipendiary Steward Mr M Davidson alleging that Mrs K Williams has used her whip in consecutive strides on her mount Dreaming Easy over the concluding stages.

Mrs Williams was present at the hearing and confirmed she understood the Rule and also that she admitted the breach.

EVIDENCE:

Mr M Davidson used several of the video clips to highlight the finishing stages of the race where he demonstrated over the last 25m that Mrs Williams used her whip on 2 occasions on consecutive strides.

Mrs Williams agreed with Mr Davidson’s summation although she stated the second strike was more tentative.

The Rule Reads: 638(3)(g)(ii): A rider must not strike a horse with a whip in consecutive strides in any race.

REASON FOR DECISION:

As Mrs Williams admitted the charge, it was found proved.

SUBMISSION FOR PENALTY:

Mr Davidson stated that Mrs Williams had been given a warning on 2 occasions prior to today’s charge which was her first under the Rule. The NZTR Guidelines state as from the 1/09/2021 that 3 consecutive strikes and a first offence greater of a $150 fine or 50% Jockey share of the stake. The calculation of the winning stake of $6720 and 5% of Jockey fee being $336 of which 50% equates to $168.

Mr Davidson submitted a fine between $170 to $200 would be appropriate .

Mrs Williams had no submissions on penalty.

REASON FOR PENALTY:

The Committee took into account Mrs Williams’ admittance of the breach and the fact the new Rule had only been in operation less than 1 month and many Jockeys were still adjusting to it. Mrs Williams’ horse went on to win the race in convincing fashion.

CONCLUSIONS:

Mrs Williams was fined the sum of $170 and was reminded that she was a very Senior Rider and that she needed to be setting an example for all the Apprentice Riders and less experienced Riders particularly with animal welfare in mind.

Decision Date: 10/10/2021

Publish Date: 11/10/2021