Hawkes Bay RI 10 September 2022 – R2 – Kate Hercock

ID: RIB11002

Kate Hercock - Jockey

N Goodwin - Stipendiary Steward

N Moffatt and N McCutcheon

Persons Present:
Mr K Coppins - Stipendiary Steward, Ms K Hercock

Information Number:

Decision Type:
Race Related Charge

Excessive use whip

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


Animal Name:


Race Date:

Race Club:
Hawkes Bay Race Club

Race Location:
Hastings Racecourse - 200 Prospect Road, Hastings, 4122

Race Number:

Hearing Date:

Hearing Location:
Hastings Racecourse

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Jockey Kate Hercock is fined $500


Following the running of Race 2, the Respondent Ms K Hercock admitted a charge alleging excessive whip use prior to the 100 metres.

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 Mr Coppins demonstrated that Ms Hercock struck her mount 6 times from the straight entrance to the 100-metre mark.

In response, by way of explanation Ms Hercock said GOHUGO was a big green horse and he had not cornered well and was under pressure.


As Ms Hercock admitted the breach the Adjudicative Committee finds the breach proved (Rule 915(1)(d).

Submissions For Penalty

Mr Coppins produced Ms Hercock’s record which showed 2 breaches of the Whip Rule in the previous 6 months, both times for using the whip 6 times prior to the 100 metres.

In response to a question from the Adjudicative Committee, Mr Coppins said the Stewards did not consider Ms Hercock’s 2nd placing in the race to be an aggravating factor. Ms Hercock said the one extra strike did not make any difference to where she finished in the race.

Reasons For Penalty

The Penalty Guide starting point for a breach of this nature is set out below:  (as per updated NZTR Penalty Guide dated 1 March 2022)

Offence 1 additional strike 2 additional strikes 3 additional strikes 4 or more additional strikes
1st Warning $250 $500 Suspension 5 National Days
2nd $250 $500 Suspension 5 National Days Suspension 5+ National Days
3rd $500 Suspension 5 National Days Suspension 5+ National Days Suspension 5+ National Days
4th $500 + Suspension 2 National Days Suspension 5+ National Days Suspension 5+ National Days Suspension 5+ National Days
5th and following Suspension 5+ National Days Suspension 5+ National Days Suspension 5+ National Days Suspension 5+ National Days

This is Ms Hercock’s 3rd breach within 6 months. After considering the film evidence, the submissions and having due regard for the number and frequency of strikes the Adjudicative Committee determined there are no compelling reasons to depart from the starting point set out in the Penalty Guide.

On that basis the Respondent is fined $500.


Ms Hercock is fined $500.

Decision Date: 10/09/2022

Publish Date: 13/09/2022