Taumarunui RC 30 July 2022 – R11 – Niranjan Parmar

ID: RIB10309

Niranjan Parmar - Apprentice Jockey

Mr Brady Jones - Stipendiary Steward

Hon J W Gendall QC and Bruce Mainwaring

Persons Present:
Mr Adrian Dooley - Stipendiary Steward, Mr Niranjan Parmar, Mr Noel Harris - Apprentice Rider Mentor

Information Number:

Decision Type:
Race Related Charge

Excessive Use of the Whip

638(3)(g)(i) - Contravention whip rule - Excessive Use of the Whip


Animal Name:
Inca Warrior


Race Date:

Race Club:
Taumarunui Racing Club

Race Location:
Te Rapa Racecourse - Te Rapa Road, Hamilton, 3200

Race Number:

Hearing Date:

Hearing Location:
Te Rapa Racecourse, Te Rapa Road, Hamilton

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Apprentice Jockey Niranjan Parmar is fined $500


Following the running of Race 11 an Information was lodged alleging the Respondent struck his mount six times prior to the 100 metre mark. Details are as follows:

“In that he struck his mount 6 times prior to the 100 metres”.

Mr Parmar confirmed to the Adjudicative Committee that he admitted the breach.

Rule 639(3)(g)(i) provides that 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)

Using available film Stewards demonstrated the Respondent struck his mount 6 times between the the top of the straight and the 100 metre mark. Mr Parmar did not offer comment beyond confirming that he agreed with the count.


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

Submissions for Penalty:

Stewards presented the Respondent’s record outlining 2 previous breaches of this Rule within the last 6 months, namely 23rd February 2022 – 7 strikes and 26th February 2022 – 6 strikes. A penalty in line with current Guidelines was recommended.

Reasons for Penalty:

Current Guidelines provide for a fine of $500 in circumstances of 1 additional strike (6) where same represents a 3rd offence within a 6 months period. The Adjudicative Committee found no reason to depart from this Guideline.


The Respondent Mr Parmar is fined $500.

Decision Date: 30/07/2022

Publish Date: 01/08/2022