Hawkes Bay RI 15 October 2022 – R1 – Lily Sutherland

ID: RIB11533

Lily Sutherland - Apprentice Jockey

Mr J Oatham

N McCutcheon, N Moffatt

Persons Present:
K Clapperton - Central Districts Apprentice Mentor, L Sutherland, K Coppins

Information Number:

Decision Type:
Race Related Charge

Excessive use whip

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


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Race Date:

Race Club:
Hawkes Bay Race Club

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

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Hearing Date:

Hearing Location:
Hastings Racecourse

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Apprentice Jockey Lily Sutherland - 6 days suspension


Following the running of Race 1, the Respondent Ms L Sutherland 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);

Using the available race films, Mr Oatham demonstrated that Ms Sutherland struck her mount 7 times from the straight entrance to the 100-metre mark, with two of those strikes being consecutive. She went on to finish 2nd in the race, beaten by 1/2 length.

Ms Sutherland agreed with the number of strikes as counted by the Stewards.


As Ms Sutherland admitted the breach the Adjudicative Committee finds the breach proved.

Submissions For Penalty

Mr Oatham produced Ms Sutherland’s record which showed three previous breaches in the last 6 months:

21/5/22 (7 strikes)  $125

28/5/22 (6 strikes)   $250

21/7/22  (6 strikes)   $500

Stewards submitted a penalty commensurate with the NZTR Penalty Guide for excessive whip use. For the 2 consecutive strikes Ms Sutherland was issued a warning.

Ms Clapperton submitted that Ms Sutherland had a good record considering she is a busy Rider, and said her whip use was not aggressive. In case of suspension, Ms Sutherland advised of riding commitments through until October 23rd at Trentham.

Reasons For Penalty

The Penalty Guide starting point for a 4th breach of this nature is set out below.

Whip – For breaches of Rule 638(3)(g)(i), 5 times prior to the 100m mark:

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

After considering the film evidence of being 2 strikes over the permitted 5, and the submissions, the Adjudicative Committee determined a 6-day suspension to be appropriate.

Ms Sutherland’s request for a deferment is granted.


Ms Sutherland’s licence to ride in races is suspended for 6 days from close of racing on Saturday October 23rd until close of racing on November 1st, 2022.

Decision Date: 15/10/2022

Publish Date: 17/10/2022