Taranaki RI 27 October 2023 – R3 – Lily Sutherland

ID: RIB29006

Lily Sutherland - Apprentice Jockey

Mr Neil Goodwin, Senior Stipendiary Steward

Mr Bruce Mainwaring

Persons Present:
Mr Goodwin, Ms Sutherland, Ms Kim Clapperton - assisting Ms Sutherland, Mr J Oatham - Chief Stipendiary Steward

Information Number:

Decision Type:
Race Related Charge

Excessive Whip Use

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


Animal Name:


Race Date:

Race Club:
Taranaki Racing Inc

Race Location:
New Plymouth Raceway - Rogan Street, New Plymouth, 4310

Race Number:

Hearing Date:

Hearing Location:
New Plymouth Racecourse 1 Wogan Street New Plymouth 4310

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Apprentice Jockey, Lily Sutherland fined $250


Following the running of Race 3, an Information was lodged alleging a breach of Rule 638(3)(g)(i). Details of the breach are as follows:

‘Struck her mount MEGLIO DI FALCREST with the whip six times prior to the 100 metre mark with a further five strikes inside the 100 metres’.

The Respondent acknowledged that she understood the Rule and admitted the breach. This was endorsed by Ms Clapperton.

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)‘ where it shall not be a contravention of this rule if

‘a Rider strikes a horse six times prior to the 100 metre mark, provided that the Rider does not strike the horse more than four times after the 100 metre mark’


Stewards provided film evidence which demonstrated Ms Sutherland struck her mount on six occasions prior to the 100 metre mark and a further five occasions inside the 100 metre mark.

Ms Sutherland agreed with the count and had nothing further to add.


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

Submissions for Penalty:

Stewards advised that Ms Sutherland has had one breach of this Rule within the last six  months – namely 6 May 2023. The Adjudicative Committee were referred to the current NZTR Penalty Guide.

Ms Sutherland did not provide comment in respect of penalty.

Reasons for Penalty:

The Penalty Guide starting point for second breach involving one additional strike is a fine of $250. Upon consideration the Adjudicative Committee determined this to be an appropriate penalty.


Apprentice Jockey, Ms L Sutherland is fined $250.






Decision Date: 27/10/2023

Publish Date: 30/10/2023