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South Canterbury RC 16 June 2017 - R 7 - Chair, Mr D Anderson

Created on 18 June 2017

DAnderson (chair)
Ms S Wynne - Licensed Jockey
Mr D Wadley - Stipendiary Steward
Mr M Davidson - Stipendiary Steward
Information Number
Excessuve use of the whip

Following the running of Race 7, the "NZB Insurance Pearl Series Mile R65", an information was filed by Stipendiary Steward, Mr M Davidson alleging a breach of rule 638(3)(b)(ii). The information alleged that “Miss Wynne struck her mount, STUMBLIN IN, excessively prior to the 200 metres”.

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

Miss Wynne had indicated on the Information that the charge was admitted, which she confirmed at the hearing. Miss Wynne also confirmed she understood the rule she was being charged with.

Stipendiary Steward, Mr D Wadley used the video of the race to identify Miss Wynne riding STUMBLIN IN, in or near to the lead. As the field entered the home straight Mr Wadley pointed out Miss Wynne drawing her whip and striking her horse 5 times before going back to the whip rein and pushing for 2 strides. Miss Wynne then drew the whip again and used it on a further 6 occasions prior to the 200m.

Mr Davidson stated that the reason Miss Wynne was being charged was that she had only gone back to the whip rein and pushed for 2 strides instead of the required 6 strides as set down in the Whip Guidelines.

The Committee asked Miss Wynne if she agreed with that assessment and she said that it was correct.


As Miss Wynne admitted the breach the charge was found proved.

Submission For Penalty:

Mr Davidson told the Committee that Miss Wynne had one other breach of this rule within the previous 6 months. That was at Ashburton last month for which she was fined $300. He said that the Stewards considered this breach to be at the low end of the scale and considered that a 2 day suspension would be fair and reasonable.

Miss Wynne asked the committee to consider that this was only her second breach of this rule in the last year and her early admission of the breach. She added that she respected the rule, was aware of impending changes to it and would have to adjust her riding accordingly.

Miss Wynne said that she had been riding regularly in the Central Districts, which was confirmed by Mr Davidson.

Deferment of penalty was discussed with Miss Wynne opting to start any suspension immediately.

Reasons For Penalty:

The JCA Penalty Guide provides a starting point of a 3 to 5 day suspension for a mid-range second breach of this rule within a 6 month period. The Committee were satisfied that as this was a low level breach and that a 3-day starting point was appropriate in this case. As there were no aggravating factors to consider, uplift in penalty was not required. In mitigation, we have taken into account Miss Wynne’s frank admission of the breach for which we have afforded her a discount. This we set at 1 day.


Accordingly, Miss Wynne licence is suspended from the close of racing today, 16 June up to and including 23rd June 2017.

The days encompassed in this period of suspension are Oamaru on 22 June 2017 and Otaki on 23 June 2017.

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