Rangitikei RC 19 November 2022 – R5 – Jeetesh Mudhoo

ID: RIB13017

Jeetesh Mudhoo - Apprentice Jockey

N Goodwin - Stipendiary Steward

N Moffatt

Persons Present:
Ms V Algar - Stipendiary Steward, J Mudhoo and Ms K Clapperton

Information Number:

Decision Type:
Race Related Charge

Excessive use whip

638(3)(g)(i) - Contravention whip rule - excessive use of whip


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Race Date:

Race Club:
Rangitikei RC

Race Location:
Awapuni Racing Centre - 67 Racecourse Road, Awapuni, Palmerston North, 4412

Race Number:

Hearing Date:

Hearing Location:
Awapuni Racecourse

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Apprentice Jockey Jeetesh Mudhoo is suspended for 5 days


Following the running of Race 5, the Respondent Mr Jeteesh Mudhoo Apprentice Rider admitted a charge alleging excessive whip use prior to the 100 metres.

Apprentice Jockey Mentor Ms K Clapperton was present to assist.

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 Ms Algar demonstrated that the Respondent struck his mount 7 times from the straight entrance to the 100-metre mark. She pointed out that Mr Mudhoo was three or four strides off the 100m mark on his 7th strike.


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

Submissions For Penalty

Ms Algar produced the Respondent’s record which indicated two previous breaches within the last 6 month period:

26/5/22     $500    6 strikes

27/8/22     $500 + 2 days suspension   6 strikes

Stewards submitted a penalty commensurate with the NZTR Revised Penalty Guide for excessive whip use (as of 1 March 2022).

Pursuant to Rule 1106(2)(b) or Rule 1106(3)(b), the Respondent sought a 7 day deferment to any proposed suspension in order to fulfil pending riding engagements.

Reasons For Penalty

The Penalty Guide starting point for a breach of this nature is set out below:

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, the submissions and having due regard for the number and frequency of strikes, the Adjudicative Committee determined there were no compelling reasons to depart from the starting point set out in the Penalty Guide.

As this is the Respondent’s 3rd charge and there were 7 strikes, a suspension of 5 days is imposed.

Mr Mudhoo’s request for a deferment is granted.


His licence to ride in races is suspended for 5 days from close of racing on Saturday November 26th, until close of racing on Saturday December 3rd.

Decision Date: 19/11/2022

Publish Date: 21/11/2022