Riccarton Park – Canterbury JC 9 April 2022 – R4 – Krishna Mudhoo

ID: RIB8480

Krishna Mudhoo - Jockey

Mr John Oatham - Chief Stipendiary Steward

Dave Anderson (Chair) and Olivia Jarvis.

Information Number:

Decision Type:
Race Related Charge

"You used your whip in an excessive manner prior to the 100 metres"

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


Animal Name:


Race Date:

Race Club:
Canterbury Jockey Club

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

Race Number:

Hearing Date:

Hearing Location:
Riccarton Racecourse, Christchurch.

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Jockey Krishna Mudhoo is fined $250.


Following the running of Race 4, Respondent Mr Krishna Mudhoo 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 the Respondent struck his mount 6 times from the straight entrance to the 100-metre mark.  He pointed out that the strikes were not forceful, and they were well spaced.

Mr Mudhoo made no submissions.


As the Respondent Mr Mudhoo admitted the breach, the Adjudicative Committee finds the breach proved (Rule 915(1)(d) refers).

Submissions For Penalty

Mr Oatham produced the Respondent’s record which indicated a warning on 26 March 2022 here at Riccarton.

Stewards assessed the breach as low-end and submitted a penalty commensurate with the NZTR Revised Penalty Guide for excessive whip use (as of 1 March 2022).

The Respondent made no submissions on Penalty.

Reasons For Penalty

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

A second breach of the Rule with 1 additional strike: a $250 fine.

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

On that basis, the Respondent is fined $250.


The Respondent Mr Krishna Mudhoo is fined $250.

Decision Date: 09/04/2022

Publish Date: 11/04/2022