Egmont RC 28 August 2022 – R6 – Vikas Jalalkuncha

ID: RIB10766

Vikas Jalalkuncha - Jockey

Ms V Algar - Stipendiary Steward

Bruce Mainwaring

Persons Present:
Mr K Coppins - Stipendiary Steward, Mr Vikas Jalalkuncha

Information Number:

Decision Type:
Race Related Charge

Excessive Use of the Whip

638(3)(g)(i) - Contravention whip rule - Excessive Use of the Whip


Animal Name:


Race Date:

Race Club:
Egmont Racing Club

Race Location:
Hawera Racecourse - Waihi Road, Hawera, 4610

Race Number:

Hearing Date:

Hearing Location:
Hawera Racecourse, Waihi Road Hawera

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Jockey Vikas Jalalkuncha is suspended for 5 National Riding Days

Following the running of Race 6 an Information was lodged alleging the Respondent struck his mount eight times prior to the 100 metre mark: Details are as follows:

“in that Vikas Jalalkuncha (Monkey Town) used his whip excessively (8 times) prior to the 100 metres.”

Mr Jalalkuncha confirmed to the Adjudicative Committee that he admitted the breach.

Rule 638(3)(g)(i) provides that a rider must not:

“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 in the reins)” 

Using available film Stewards demonstrated the Respondent struck his mount 8 times between the top of the straight and the 100 metre mark.

Mr Jalalkuncha confirmed that he agreed with the count. When asked for comment Mr Jalalkuncha expressed disappointment in his actions and added that he was trying to adapt to riding in New Zealand, in particular Rules around whip use.


As the Respondent admitted the breach the Adjudicative Committee finds the breach proved.

Submissions for Penalty:

Stewards presented the Respondent’s record outlining 2 breaches of the Rule within the last six months, the first resulting in a warning (6 strikes) and the second resulting in the imposition of a fine ($500) – 7 strikes Hawera 7th August 2022. Penalty in line with the current Guidelines was recommended.

Reasons for Penalty:

The current Penalty Guidelines provide for suspension of licence for third offence – 3 additional strikes. Noted is Suspension 5+ National Days which in itself is be open to interpretation. Nonetheless, on the balance of viewing, a 5 day suspension is deemed appropriate. Mr Jalalkuncha did not seek deferment of any suspension imposed.


The Respondent’s licence to ride in races is suspended for 5 National Riding Days, from the conclusion of racing on 28th August 2022 to the conclusion of racing on 7th September 2022.

Decision Date: 28/08/2022

Publish Date: 30/08/2022