Waikato TR 21 October 2023 – R3 – Lynsey Satherley

ID: RIB28671

Lynsey Satherley - Jockey

Mr J Oatham - Chief Stipendiary Steward

Mr G Jones and Mr A Smith

Persons Present:
Mr Oatham, Ms Satherley

Information Number:

Decision Type:
Race Related Charge

Excessive whip strikes (7 strikes)

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


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Race Date:

Race Club:
Waikato Thoroughbred Racing

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

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Hearing Date:

Hearing Location:
Waikato TR at Te Rapa

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Jockey Lynsey Satherley fined $250


Following the running of Race 3, the Respondent, Class A Rider Mrs L Satherley admitted a charge alleging excessive whip use prior to the 100 metres (7 strikes).

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); or

Using the available race films, Chief Stipendiary Steward, Mr Oatham demonstrated that Mrs Satherley struck her mount (TICKLE ME ALMO) seven times from the straight entrance to the 100-metre mark.

He further pointed out that the seventh strike was close to the 100 metre-mark and in the final 100 metres she struck her mount a further four times.

Mrs Satherley agreed with the number of strikes and had nothing further to add.


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

Submissions For Penalty

Mr Oatham advised that Mrs Satherley has had a clear record during the previous six months. He submitted that a penalty commensurate with the NZTR Revised Penalty Guide for excessive whip use (as of 1 March 2022) – namely a $250 fine, would be appropriate.

Mrs Satherley provided no submissions as to the penalty.

Reasons For Penalty

The Penalty Guide starting point for a first breach involving two additional strikes is a fine of $250.

After considering the film evidence, the submissions and having due regard for the number of strikes the Adjudicative Committee determined there are no compelling reasons to depart from the starting point set out in the Penalty Guide.

On that basis Mrs Satherley is fined $250.


Rider, Mrs L Satherley is fined $250.

Decision Date: 21/10/2023

Publish Date: 23/10/2023