Waikato RC 10 July 2021 – R 4 – Lynsey Satherley

ID: RIB3336

Lynsey Satherley - Jockey

Mr J Oatham, Chief Stipendiary Steward

Mr G Jones (Chair)

Persons Present:
Mr Oatham, Mr A Dooley (Stipendiary Steward), Mrs Satherley

Information Number:

Decision Type:
Race Related Charge

Excessive use of the Whip

638(3)(b)(ii) - Contravention whip rule,



Race Date:

Race Club:
Waikato Racing Club

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

Race Number:

Hearing Date:

Hearing Location:
Te Rapa

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Jockey Lynsey Satherley is fined $500


This charge arises from the running of Race 4.  An Information was filed pursuant to Rule 638(3)(b)(ii) by the Applicant, Mr Oatham, alleging that Jockey, Lynsey Satherley used her whip excessively when riding FLASH MARY prior to the 100 metres.

Mrs Satherley confirmed her admission of the breach and that she understood the nature of the charge.

Rule 638(3)(b)(ii) provides:

A Rider shall not strike a horse with a whip in a manner or to an extent which is:  

  • unnecessary, or
  • excessive, or
  • improper

Without affecting the generality of Rule 638(3)(b), a rider may be penalised if their whip use is outside of the following guidelines:

Flat Races

Prior to the 100-metre mark in a race, official trial or jump out:

  • The whip should not be used on more than 5 occasions.
  • The whip should not be used in consecutive strides.
  • The rider may at their discretion use the whip with a slapping motion down the shoulder, with the whip hand remaining on the reins. 

In the final 100 metres, the whip may be used at the Rider’s discretion.  

Using available Race films Stipendiary Steward, Mr Dooley demonstrated the breach. He identified that Mrs Satherley struck her mount (FLASH MARY) eight times between the straight entrance and the 100-metre mark. He said that the strikes were not continuous.

In response Mrs Satherley said the breach was the result of an error of judgement on her part and she agreed with the number of strikes.



As Mrs Satherley admitted the breach the Committee found the charge proved.


Mr Oatham said this is Mrs Satherley’s second breach of the Rule within the 6-month reset period.  The previous breach occurred at Counties RC 27 May 2021 and resulted in a $300 fine.

Mr Oatham submitted that as there are no particular aggravating factors and a fine of $500 would be appropriate under the circumstances.

Mrs Satherley submitted that “a fine of $500 is a bit steep”.


The Penalty Guide starting point for a second breach of this Rule is a $500 fine. This fine is inclusive of admission of the breach and riding record.

The Committee considered all the evidence and submissions and took particular note of the number and frequency of strikes as well as the force used.  In that regard we confirmed the number of strikes as 8 and noted that they were not forceful.

There are no aggravating or mitigating factors associated with this breach and on that basis no compelling reasons to deviate from the recommended $500 starting point.


Accordingly, Mrs Satherley was fined $500.

Decision Date: 10/07/2021

Publish Date: 12/07/2021