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"Smokin Joe" strikes at Cranbourne

09:45 PM 26 Jun 2015 NZST
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The Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board today considered charges issued by HRV Stewards against Mr William Kucks.

The charges arose from an incident that occurred at the Cranbourne trials on Saturday 18 April 2015.

After considering evidence from Mr Kucks and witness statements, Mr Kucks was found guilty of a charge under Australian Rule of Harness Racing (ARHR) 213(a) which reads:

A person shall not:-
(a) by use of harness, gear, equipment, device, substance or anyother thing inflict suffering on a horse

The particulars of the charge being that Mr Kucks at the Cranbourne trials on 18 April 2015 struck his horse across the head region with a plastic racing number and struck the horse with a fist in the horse’s neck region.

Mr Kucks also pleaded guilty to a charge under ARHR 243 which reads:

A person employed, engaged or participating in the harness racing industry shall not behave in a way which is prejudicial or detrimental o the industry.

The Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board (RADB) is established under section 50B of the Racing Act (1958).

The RADB is an independent Board established to hear and determine appeals in relation to decisions made under the rules to impose penalties on persons and to hear and determine charges made against persons for serious offences.

The particulars of the charge being that his conduct in striking his horse was in the vicinity of other people attending the Cranbourne trials and that he behaved in a manner detrimental to the industry.

After considering submissions from HRV Stewards and Mr Kucks regarding penalty, the HRV RAD Board imposed a fine of $1000, of which $500 was suspended for a period of 12 months for the charge under Rule 213(a).

The HRV RAD Board also imposed a 3 month suspension effective immediatelyfor the charge under Rule 243.

In imposing each penalty, the HRV RAD Board acknowledged Mr Kucks’ personal circumstances and his excellent training record over a number of years.

Harness Racing Victoria

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