Canterbury JC 19 May 2022 – R7 – Kavish Chowdhoory

ID: RIB9143

Kavish Chowdhoory - Apprentice Jockey

Ms Veronica Algar, Stipendiary Steward

Dave Anderson

Persons Present:
Ms Algar, Mr Chowdhoory, Chief Steward Mr John Oatham, Mr David Walsh Apprentice Mentor, Mr Michael Pitman Trainer

Information Number:

Decision Type:
Race Related Charge

You used your whip in an excessive manner prior to the 100 metres

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


Animal Name:


Race Date:

Race Club:
Canterbury Jockey Club

Race Location:
Riccarton Park - 165 Racecourse Road, Christchurch,

Race Number:

Hearing Date:

Hearing Location:
Riccarton Racecourse, Christchurch.

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Apprentice Jockey, Kavish Chowdhoory fined $300


Following the running of Race 7, Respondent Kavish Chowdhoory, Apprentice Rider, admitted a charge alleging excessive whip use prior to the 100 metres.

Apprentice Mentor, Mr David Walsh and Mr Chowdhoory’s employer, Mr Michael Pitman were present to assist.

Rule638(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).

Using the available race films Ms Algar demonstrated that the Respondent struck his mount 6 times from the straight entrance to the 100-metre mark.  She pointed out that the strikes were not forceful, and they were well spaced.

In response, by way of explanation, the Respondent Mr Chowdhoory said he had made a simple mistake.


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

Submissions For Penalty

Ms Algar produced Mr Chowdhoory’s record which indicated a previous breach on 25 February at Riccarton.

Ms Algar stated there was an obvious aggravating factor of Mr Chowdhoory having gone on and won the race.

Stewards assessed the breach as low and submitted a penalty commensurate with the NZTR Revised Penalty Guide for excessive whip use (as of 1 March 2022).

Ms Algar stated the Stewards assess an appropriate uplift in Penalty for the aggravating factor would be an additional $50 fine. She said this would be in line with previous cases where a Rider has won the race.

The Respondent Mr Chowdhoory made no submissions.

Mr Pitman reminded the Adjudicative Committee of Mr Chowdhoory’s status as an Apprentice Rider.

Reasons For Penalty

The Penalty Guide starting point for a breach of this nature provides for 1 additional strike, 2nd offence, a fine of $250 (as per the updated NZTR Penalty Guide dated 1 March 2022).

After considering the film evidence, the submissions, and having due regard for the number and frequency of strikes; the force used, and the aggravating factor Mr Chowdhoory has won the race, the Adjudicative Committee determined an appropriate penalty, in this case, is a fine of $300.


The Respondent, Mr Kavish Chowdhoory is fined $300.



Decision Date: 19/05/2022

Publish Date: 20/05/2022