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Auckland RC 1 January 2018 - R 1 - Chair, Mr N McCutcheon

Created on 04 January 2018

NMcCutcheon (chair)
Mr C Johnson - Rider of JOVANNI
Mr A Coles - Stipendiary Steward
Mr J Oatham - Chief Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Excessive use of the whip

Following the running of Race 1, (Stella Artois 2100), Information No. A10028 was filed with the Judicial Committee. It was alleged by the Informant that Mr Johnson had used the whip excessively prior to the 100m when riding JOVANNI.

Rule 638(3)(b)(ii) provides:
A rider shall not:
(ii) strike a horse with a whip in a manner or to an extent which is excessive

The “Guidelines With Respect to Acceptable Use of the Whip” provides:
Without affecting the generality of Rule 638(3)(b) a rider may be penalised if their whip use is outside of the following guidelines:

Inside the final 600 metres of any Race, official trial or jump-out a horse may be struck with the drawn whip up to five times after which the rider must cease their use of the whip for a minimum of five strides before striking the horse again with the drawn whip, with this restriction to apply prior to the final 100 metres. The whip may then be used at the rider’s discretion until the winning post is reached.

Prior to the final 600 metres of a race, official trial or jump-out the use of the drawn whip is acceptable if used in moderation and not continually.

Mr Johnson acknowledged that he admitted the breach and said that he understood the Rule and the Whip Guidelines.

Mr Coles showed the relevant film replays and said that Mr Johnson had hit his horse 10 times without the necessary respite prior to reaching the 100m.

Mr Johnson said that he agreed with the Stipendiary Stewards' interpretation of his ride.


As the charge was admitted it was deemed to be proved by the Committee.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Oatham said that Mr Johnson had a clean record over the last 12 months, however on this occasion his ride was outside of the Whip Guidelines. He said that the JCA Penalty Guideline for a first offence was a fine of $300.

Mr Johnson did not have any comment to make regarding penalty.

Reasons For Penalty:

The Committee took into account Mr Johnson’s excellent record, his admission of the breach and the JCA Penalty Guideline in determining that a fine of $300 was an appropriate penalty.


Mr Johnson was fined $300.

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