Riccarton Park – Canterbury JC 13 August 2022 – R2 – Temyia Taiaroa

ID: RIB10610

Temyia Taiaroa - Apprentice Jockey

John Oatham, Chief Stipendiary Steward

Mr R McKenzie (Chair), Mr D Anderson

Persons Present:
Mr Oatham, Ms Taiaroa, David Walsh, Apprentice Jockey Mentor

Information Number:

Decision Type:
Race Related Charge

Using whip more than 5 times prior to 100 metres

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


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Race Date:

Race Club:
Canterbury Jockey Club

Race Location:
Riccarton Park - 165 Racecourse Road, Christchurch,

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Hearing Date:

Hearing Location:
Riccarton Park, Christchurch

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Apprentice Jockey, Temyia Taiaroa suspended for 6 days


Following the running of Race 2, Cup Week Tickets on Sale 1 September Rating 75, Apprentice Jockey, Temyia Taiaroa admitted a charge alleging excessive whip use prior to the 100 metres in that, as the Rider of RADIANT ROSIE in the Race, she struck her mount 7 times prior to the 100 metres.

Apprentice Jockey Mentor, David Walsh, was present to assist.

Rule 638(3)(g)(i) provides that in a Flat Race 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”.


Chief Stipendiary Steward, John Oatham, pointed out on video replays RADIANT ROSIE, ridden by the Respondent, racing towards the rear of the 9-horse field and near the rail as the field entered the home straight. He then showed that the Respondent commenced using her whip and, from that point, used it on a total of  7 times prior to the 100 metres. The first three strikes were in quite quick succession, before a break prior to the remaining 4 strikes.

Mr Walsh said that this was another case of the long straight catching riders out, Apprentices in particular.


As the Respondent admitted the breach, the Committee finds the breach proved.


Mr Oatham said that this offence was the Respondent’s 4th breach of the Rule in the last 6 months. She received a warning on 16 April at Hastings. The 2nd breach was on 18 June at Trentham (6 times prior to the 100 metres – fined $200) and the 3rd, also at Trentham, on 16 July (6 strikes prior to the 100 metres – fined $500).

Mr Oatham then referred to the Penalty Guide starting point, for a 4th breach involving 2 additional strikes, of a 5+ national riding days suspension. Stewards saw a 6-day suspension as being the appropriate penalty, he said.

The Respondent sought a deferment for 7 days to enable her to ride at New Plymouth on 20 August.


The NZTR Revised Penalty Guidelines prescribe a starting point of 5+ national riding days for a 4th breach involving 2 additional strikes. In this case, there are no relevant aggravating or mitigating factors. On that basis, the Committee has decided that the appropriate penalty is a 6-day suspension.


The Respondent is granted a 7 days deferment. Her Apprentice Jockey’s Licence is suspended for 6 national riding days from 21 August 2022 to 31 August 2022, both dates inclusive.

Decision Date: 13/08/2022

Publish Date: 16/08/2022