Thames JC 3 January 2022 – R2 – Jasmine Fawcett

ID: RIB6756

Jasmine Fawcett - Jockey

Mr Brady Jones, Stipendiary Steward

Bruce Mainwaring

Persons Present:
Mr Jones, Ms Fawcett, Mr Matthew Williamson, Senior Stipendiary Steward

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:
Ridgeview Chief


Race Date:

Race Club:
Thames Jockey Club

Race Location:
Te Aroha Racecourse - Stanley Road South, Te Aroha,

Race Number:

Hearing Date:

Hearing Location:
Te Aroha Racecourse - Stanley Road Te Aroha

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Jockey, Jasmine Fawcett suspended for 6 days plus fined $300

Following the running of Race 2, the Respondent, Ms J Fawcett admitted a charge alleging excessive whip use prior to 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 films Senior Stipendiary Steward, Mr M Williamson demonstrated the Respondent struck her mount on 6 occasions from the top of the straight to the 100 metre mark. Her mount Ridgeview Chief won the race.

Ms Fawcett did not offer specific comment.


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

SUBMISSIONS FOR PENALTY: Stipendiary Steward Mr Jones produced the Respondent’s record which in respect of whip breaches is as follows:

Hawkes Bay 16/10/2021 8 strikes $1,000

Waikat0 6/11/2021 7 strikes 5 days suspension plus $150

Waikato 6/11/2021 7 strikes 6 days suspension plus $200

The Committee was referred to the NZTR Revised Penalty Guide for excessive whip use (as of 1st September 2021). Ms Fawcett submitted that when considering penalty the Committee look to, if possible, reduce any suspension and instead increase any fine. She also sought deferment to satisfy riding engagements at Rotorua on 6 January 2022.


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

4th offence starting point 5 plus national day suspension plus 50% of jockey share of stake.

In setting penalty the Committee had regard to the film evidence, submissions,  number of strikes, Ms Fawcett’s recent record along with the Jockey share of the stake (50% calculated to be $287.50)

A suspension of 6 days is imposed to reflect record whilst a fine of $300 is also applied. Ms Fawcett’s request for deferment is granted.


Ms Fawcett’s Licence to ride is suspended for 6 NR days commencing from the close of racing on 6 January 2022 up to and including 15 January 2022. In addition, she is fined the sum of $300.



Decision Date: 03/01/2022

Publish Date: 06/01/2022