Avondale JC 12 October 2022 – R10 – Wiremu Pinn

ID: RIB11452

Wiremu Pinn - Apprentice Jockey

Mr B Jones - Stipendiary Steward

Mr G R Jones

Persons Present:
Mr Jones, Mr A Dooley, Mr Pinn, Mr Harris

Information Number:

Decision Type:
Race Related Charge

Excessive Use of Whip

638(3)(g)(i) - Contravention whip rule - Excessive use of whip


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Race Date:

Race Club:
Avondale Jockey Club Inc

Race Location:
Avondale Racecourse - Ash Street, Avondale, Auckland, 1026

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Hearing Date:

Hearing Location:
Avondale Racecourse

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Apprentice Rider Wiremu Pinn is fined $250


Following the running of Race 10, Information No.  A17245 was filed alleging a breach of Rule 638(3)(g)(i) in that Apprentice Rider Mr W Pinn struck his mount (AGHANIM) six times prior to the 100-metre mark.

At the commencement of the hearing Mr Pinn indicated that he admitted the charge. He was assisted at the hearing by Mr N Harris (Rider Mentor).

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, Stipendiary Steward Mr Jones identified AGHANIM (W Pinn) which was racing adjacent to the running rail.  He demonstrated that Mr Pinn struck his mount six times from the straight entrance to prior to the 100-metre mark.

Neither Mr Pinn nor Mr Harris had anything further to add.


As the Respondent admitted the charge, the Adjudicative Committee finds the charge proved.

Penalty submissions

Mr Jones submitted that Mr Pinn has had one previous breach of this Rule in the past 6 months, namely on 28 April 2022 – 6 strikes resulting in a $250 fine.

Mr Jones submitted that the Penalty Guide provides for a $250 fine for a second breach.

Reasons For Penalty

The Penalty Guide provides for a $250 fine for a second breach involving one additional strike.

There are no mitigating or aggravating factors. On that basis there are no compelling reasons to deviate from the Penalty Guide starting point.  Accordingly, Mr Pinn is fined $250.


The Respondent Mr Pinn is fined $250.

Decision Date: 12/10/2022

Publish Date: 13/10/2022