Trainer fined for using a stock whip
SOMETIMES you can be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Just ask leading Grafton trainer Hunter Kilner.
On the morning of March 13, Kilner was at Corcoran Park attempting to swim a horse in the Clarence River.
The horse, however, was averse to entering the water. Kilner was then spotted using a stock whip to flick the animal's rump to encourage it into the river.
Unfortunately for Kilner, 20 metres down the bank sat Northern Rivers chief steward Mark Holloway who witnessed the event.
Holloway was on a day off fishing on the riverbank.
Kilner faced stewards at Grafton yesterday and was eventually fined $400 for the offence. Under the rules of racing (AR 175) it is illegal to use a stock whip on a racehorse at any time.
He asked for leniency and a warning.
"I should get a warning, I certainly don't go around hurting my horses. You know that," Kilner told the inquiry.
After the decision a circumspect Kilner said: "I'll certainly be appealing."