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Hororata RC 27 March 2021 - R 8 - Chair, Mr D Anderson

Created on 30 March 2021

DAnderson (chair)
Ms S Wynne - Class A Jockey
Mr M Davidson - Stipendiary Steward
Mr D Wadley - Stipendiary Steward
Mr J Oatham - Chief Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Excessive use of the whip

Following the running of Race 8 an Information was filed by Chief Stipendiary Steward Mr J Oatham against Jockey Ms S Wynne, alleging a breach of Rule 638(3)(b) (ii) “Struck her mount BELLE FASCINO excessively prior to the 100 metres”

Ms Wynne acknowledged that she understood the Rule and confirmed her admission of the breach.

Rule 638(3)(b)(ii) reads as follows:

(3) A Rider shall not:

(b) strike a horse with a whip in a manner or to an extent which is:

(ii) excessive

Mr Oatham demonstrated the incident using the available video footage. He identified Ms Wynne, the leader of the race in the home straight, and showed that she struck her mount 7 times prior to the 100 metres. He said from this point, although within the Rules, Ms Wynne rode a punishing finish to win the race and it wasn’t a good look for the Industry.

Ms Wynne made no submissions.


As Ms Wynne had admitted the charge, it was deemed to be proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Oatham stated Ms Wynne has 2 previous breaches under the Rule in the last 6 months. The first in October where she incurred a 6-day suspension and in January where she received 4 days.

He said the Penalty Guide indicated a 2-day suspension plus a $2000 fine as a starting point. He said the previous Guidelines indicated a fine appropriate to the status of the race of which needs to be considered by the Committee. He said he would leave it to the Committee to find an appropriate penalty.

Ms Wynne asked the Committee for leniency because although it looked bad, it wasn’t the worst, and she had only been 2 strikes over the threshold. She said she would start any suspension immediately as she had many important rides at the next Riccarton meeting on the 10 April.

Reasons For Penalty:

The Committee carefully considered all the evidence and submissions presented.

This race was the South Island Breeders Stakes and carried a Group 3 assessment.

Unacceptable whip use must be denounced.

The Committee regard the lesser opportunities for South Island Jockeys to earn their living as a factor.

The NZTR Guidelines are no more than that and this Committee must factor in all considerations when using its discretion.

The Committee, in considering the above factors, find an appropriate and suitable penalty for Ms Wynne is a 6-day suspension and a $1000 fine.


Accordingly, Ms Wynne’s licence to ride is suspended from the close of racing today up to and including racing on the 9th April 2021. In addition to this suspension Ms Wynne is fined $1000.

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