Auckland TR 1 November 2022 – R10 – Kelsey Hannan

ID: RIB12207

Kelsey Hannan - Apprentice Jockey

Mr J Oatham - Chief Stipendiary Steward

A Smith (Chair), W Gendall

Persons Present:
Mr B Jones - Stipendiary Steward, Noel Harris - Apprentice Rider Mentor

Information Number:

Decision Type:
Race Related Charge

Excessive use of whip

638(3)(g)(i) - Contravention whip rule


Animal Name:


Race Date:

Race Club:
Auckland Thoroughbred Racing

Race Location:
Pukekohe Park - 222/250 Manukau Road, Pukekohe Hill, Pukekohe, 2120

Race Number:

Hearing Date:

Hearing Location:
Pukekohe Park Racecourse

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Apprentice Jockey Kelsey Hannan is fined $300


Following the running of Race 10 , the Respondent Kelsey Hannan admitted a charge alleging excessive whip use prior to the 100 metres.

Apprentice Mentor Noel Harris was present to assist.

Rule 638(3)(g)(i) provides that in a Flat Race a Rider must not:

(i) strike a horse with a whip more than 5 times prior to the 100-metre mark (other than in a slapping motion down the shoulder with the whip hand remaining on the reins); or

Using the available race films, Chief Stipendiary Steward John Oatham demonstrated that the Respondent struck her mount 7 times from the straight entrance to the 100-metre mark.

The Respondent made no comment in relation to the breach.


As the Respondent admitted the breach, the Adjudicative Committee finds the breach proved (Rule 915(1)(d) refers).

Submissions For Penalty

Mr Oatham produced Ms Hannan’s record which indicated no previous breaches. Mr Oatham said that Ms Hannan, had an excellent record and had never previously had a warning for whip use. He said that she only used the whip once in the last 100m, but she did go on to win the race which was worth $37,350 to the winner.

The Respondent submitted consideration should be given for her very good record.

Reasons For Penalty

The Penalty Guide starting point for a breach of this nature is set out below.

2 strikes over, 1st breach $250 fine

After balancing the Rider’s record, stakes payable and the fact the Respondent went on to win the race while in breach of the Rule, the Adjudicative Committee determined that a $50 uplift from the starting point was appropriate.


The Respondent K Hannan is fined $300.

Decision Date: 01/11/2022

Publish Date: 03/11/2022