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Smith fined after trials misdemeanor

  • Mon, 14 May 2018
  • NZ Harness News
Gavin Smith after Group 1 success with Great Things Happen on Cup Day. Photo: Race Images.

Gavin Smith after Group 1 success with Great Things Happen on Cup Day. Photo: Race Images.

Rangiora horseman Gavin Smith has been fined $750 by the Judicial Control Authority after pleading guilty to a charge associated with contrary whip use.

Smith was charged with using a whip in a manner in contravention of the Use of the Whip Regulations made by the Board after he whipped a horse other than the one he was driving in a trial at Rangiora last Wednesday.

Smith, driving stable runner Bronx Village was observed on video to have leaned over and struck another of his stable’s runners, Reverse Psychology, at the 200-metre mark of the trial.

Reverse Psychology was being driven by his employee, Siv Diamant, and ended up running second in the trial.

The fine, handed down on Sunday, ended a costly weekend for Smith after he was suspended for three driving days at Alexandra Park on Friday night.

Driving the Robert Dunn-trained Sundees Son, Smith was found to have driven carelessly when steering his charge to the parked position just inside a lap out.

The mudguard on Sundees Son’s sulky contact the front leg of Puma Road, who galloped and caused a severe disruption to the running line.

Smith was suspended from driving at Oamaru this Sunday and next week’s Addington and Rangiora meetings.