Wellington RC 13 January 2024 – R5 – Lily Sutherland

ID: RIB37652

Lily Sutherland - Apprentice Jockey

Mr John Oatham - Chief Stipendiary Steward

Mrs N Moffatt (Chair), Mr B Mainwaring

Persons Present:
Mr John Oatham - Chief Stipendiary Steward, Mr Brady Jones - Senior Stipendiary Steward, Ms Lily Sutherland, Ms Kim Clapperton - assisting Ms Sutherland.

Information Number:

Decision Type:
Race Related Charge

Excessive Whip Use

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


Animal Name:


Race Date:

Race Club:
Wellington Racing Club

Race Location:
Trentham - 10 Racecourse Rd, Upper Hutt, 5018

Race Number:

Hearing Date:

Hearing Location:
Trentham Racecourse 10 Racecourse Road Upper Hutt 5018

Outcome: Proved

Penalty: Apprentice Jockey Lily Sutherland is fined $1,725


Following the running of Race 5, the Group 3 ‘Dixon & Dunlop Anniversary Handicap’, Information A16780 was lodged alleging Apprentice Jockey Lily Sutherland struck her mount 7 times prior to the 100 metres.

Ms Sutherland confirmed to the Adjudicative Committee that she understood the Rule and that she admitted the breach.

Rule 638(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)”

where it shall not be a contravention of this sub rule where

“a Rider strikes a horse seven times prior to the 100 metre mark, provided that the Rider does not strike the horse more than 3 times after the 100 metre mark”.


Using available film, Stewards identified the incident. Ms Sutherland is seen to strike her mount Churchillian 7 times prior to the 100 metre mark. Additionally, she strikes her mount on 6 occasions between the 100 metre mark and the finish line. Churchillian won the event.

Ms Sutherland 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:

The Respondent’s record, as it relates to a breach of this type, was provided. Within the last 6 months, there was one noted, namely Taranaki RC 27 October 2023 – 6 strikes $250 fine. Mr Oatham referred the Adjudicative Committee to the current Penalty Guide, in particular, provision for penalty in any Black-Type Race. Ms Sutherland did not offer submission in respect of penalty.

Reasons for Penalty:

The incident is clearly identified and admitted. Current Penalty Guidelines provide for a $500 fine in circumstances of a 2nd breach – 2 additional strikes. However, the the Guide remains clear in providing for, in the case of Black-Type Races, a fine equal to 50% of the Jockey’s share of the Stake earned by their mount, or the starting point point on the whip penalty table, whichever is the greater. Application of same, indicates a fine of $1,725, which the Adjudicative Committee deemed an appropriate sanction.


Apprentice Jockey Lily Sutherland is fined a sum of $1,725.

Decision Date: 13/01/2024

Publish Date: 15/01/2024