Otaki-Maori RC 15 September 2022 – R7 – Vikas Jalalkuncha

ID: RIB11125

Vikas Jalalkuncha - Jockey

Mr Keith Coppins - Stipendiary Steward

Bruce Mainwaring

Persons Present:
Mr Neil Goodwin - Senior 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:
Monkey Town


Race Date:

Race Club:
Otaki-Maori Racing Club

Race Location:
Otaki Racecourse - Te Roto Road, Otaki, 5512

Race Number:

Hearing Date:

Hearing Location:
Otaki Racecourse - Te Roto Road Otaki

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Rider Vikas Jalalkuncha is suspended for 6 days


Following the running of Race 7 the Respondent admitted a charge of excessive whip use which was filed pursuant to Rule 638(3)(g)(i). Details are as follows:

“in that V Jalalkuncha (Monkey Town) used his whip excessively prior to the 100 metres (7 times) “

The Respondent acknowledged that he understood the Rule and admitted the breach.

Rule 638(3)(g)(i) provides 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 on the reins)

Using available film, Stipendiary Stewards identified the 7 occasions on which the Respondent struck his mount, essentially between the top of the straight and the 100 metre mark. The Respondent confirmed that he agreed with the count.


As Mr  Jalalkuncha admitted the charge the Adjudicative Committee found the breached proved.

Submissions for Penalty:

Mr Coppins outlined the Respondent’s recent record namely.

1st July 2022 – 6 strikes – warning

7th August 2022 – 7 strikes – $500 fine

28th August 2022 – 8 strikes – 5 days suspension

Mr Coppins drew the Adjudicative Committee’s attention to the current Penalty Guide which provides for a 5+ day suspension for a breach of this type. The Respondent advised that he did not hold riding engagements, with any suspension able to take effect immediately.

Reasons for Penalty:

The Adjudicative Committee considered evidence and submissions. Given the recent record, a suspension of 6 riding days is deemed appropriate.


The Respondent’s licence to ride in races is suspended for 6 National Riding Days, from completion of racing on 15th September 2022 up to and including racing on 23rd September 2022.

Decision Date: 15/09/2022

Publish Date: 19/09/2022