R Te Aroha 3 November 2023 – R1 – Joe Doyle

ID: RIB29351

Joe Doyle - Jockey

Mr Brady Jones - Senior Stipendiary Steward

Mr Mike Godber (Chair)

Persons Present:
Mr Brady Jones and Mr Joe Doyle

Information Number:

Decision Type:
Race Related Charge

Breach of the whip rule

638(3)(g)(i) - Contravention whip rule - Use of whip more than 5 strikes before the 100


Animal Name:


Race Date:

Race Club:
Racing Te Aroha

Race Location:
Te Aroha Racecourse - Stanley Road South, Te Aroha,

Race Number:

Hearing Date:

Hearing Location:
Te Aroha

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Jockey Joe Doyle is fined $500


Following the running of Race 1, Mr Doyle, Class A Rider 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 Jones demonstrated that Mr Doyle struck his mount 8 times from the straight entrance to the 100-metre mark.  The last strike was close to the 100 metre mark.

Mr Doyle accepted he had used the whip 8 times before the 100 but thought the Rule allowed up to 10 strikes for the whole straight.


As Mr Doyle admitted the breach, the Adjudicative Committee finds the breach proved.

Submissions for Penalty

Mr Jones advised that Mr Doyle had a clear record for the past six months. The Penalty Guide provides for a $500 fine for a first offence and that was recommended by Mr Jones.

Mr Doyle made no submissions.

Reasons for Penalty

The Penalty Guide starting point for a breach of this nature is $500. After considering the film evidence, the submissions and having due regard for the number of strikes, the Adjudicative Committee determined there were no reasons to depart from the starting point set out in the Penalty Guide. On that basis, Mr Doyle is fined $500.


Mr Doyle is fined $500.

Decision Date: 03/11/2023

Publish Date: 06/11/2023