Waikato RC 16 April 2022 – R6 – Jim Chung

ID: RIB8592

Jim Chung - Apprentice Jockey

Mr M Williamson - Senior Stipendiary Steward

Mr G R Jones and Mr A Smith

Persons Present:
Mr M Williamson, Mr Chung, Mr A Dooley, Stipendiary Steward, Mr Harris (Rider Mentor)

Information Number:

Decision Type:
Race Related Charge

Unacceptable Use of Whip - consecutive strides

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


Animal Name:


Race Date:

Race Club:
Waikato Racing Club

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

Race Number:

Hearing Date:

Hearing Location:
Waikato RC at Te Rapa

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Apprentice Jockey, Mr J Chung fined $300


Following the running of Race 6, the Respondent, Apprentice Jockey Mr J Chung, admitted a charge alleging use of whip in consecutive strides over the concluding stages.

Apprentice Rider Mentor, Mr N Harris was present at the hearing and assisted Mr Chung.

Rule638(3)(g)(ii) provides that in a Flat Race a Rider must not:

(ii) strike a horse with a whip in consecutive strides at any stage of the race.

Using the available race films (head and side-on), Stipendiary Steward, Mr Dooley demonstrated that the Respondent struck his mount MERCURIAL 3 times consecutively over the concluding stages of the race.

On behalf of the Respondent, Mr Harris said that immediately after dismounting, Mr Chung realised that he had struck his mount consecutively and due to his inexperience, he will use this as a learning opportunity.


As the Respondent, Mr Chung admitted the breach the Adjudicative Committee finds the breach proved.

Submissions For Penalty

Mr Williamson advised that Respondent has a clear record under the Rule. He said that Mr Chung has recently commenced race riding and his ride on MERCURIAL was his fourth raceday ride.

Stewards submitted that a penalty commensurate with the NZTR Revised Penalty Guide for a first breach involving three consecutive strides be imposed.

In terms of penalty Mr Harris had nothing further to add on behalf of Mr Chung.

Reasons For Penalty

The Penalty Guide starting point for a first offence involving 3 consecutive strides is a $300 fine.

After considering the film evidence and the submissions and having due regard for the number of consecutive strikes (3), 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 $300.


The Respondent is fined $300.

Decision Date: 16/04/2022

Publish Date: 18/04/2022