WHIP FRENZY: STRIKE SPIKE
STEWARDS are being kept busy policing whip rules, with six jockeys sanctioned in the past five days.
Dean Holland and Mark Zahra were both rubbed out for separate incidents at Flemington, while Joe Bowditch copped the wrath of stipes at Bendigo.
Holland, who was fined a total of $1100, must sit out 15 meetings, while Zahra and Bowditch each received seven-meeting bans.
Under the Australian rules of racing jockeys can use the whip five times – in non-consecutive strides – before the last 100 metres and at their discretion thereafter.
Holland was penalised for striking Vividredsky – runner up in the first race at Flemington – 15 times before the last 100 metres – 10 more than permitted.
His penalties take in the use of the whip in consecutive strides before the last 100 metres.
Zahra exceeded the limit by four strikes in the last race aboard second-placed Vegas Knight.
The cluster comes after Arron Lynch ($200 fine), Beau Mertens ($200) and Liam Riordan (seven meetings) were sanctioned for respective rides at Hamilton, Wangaratta and Pakenham last week.
BRETT Prebble can return to the races from Wednesday after serving a 10-meeting careless riding ban.
Other jockeys set to resume include Jake Noonan, Declan Bates, Thomas Stockdale, Zac Spain and Rhys McLeod.
But Damien Oliver gets the chance to unwind – maybe with a spot of golf or surfing – this week with an eight-meeting riding sanction to expire next Sunday.
MATT Cartwright has been riding up a storm of late and on Saturday the boom apprentice raised the bat with his 100th winner aboard Curran — a sprinter trained by his grandmother Lyn Tolson and mother Leonie Proctor.
Curran was the 18-year-old’s fifth city winner (plus six minor placings) from his past 25 rides in town.
Wagga apprentice Josh Richards’ claim will drop from three kilograms to two kilograms this week after the 27-year-old lightweight registered his 30th winner for the season.
THE class and humility of Irish star and British champion jockey Oisin Murphy was again on show in the aftermath of the 150th Epsom Derby.
Having been taken off Adayar, the eventual winner, and then losing a replacement ride due to the withdrawal of runners, Murphy was enlisted to give trackside commentary for World Horse Racing.
Despite the circumstances Murphy‘s delight for the horse and winning rider Adam Kirby was evident in the vision, which has drawn global acclaim and been viewed more than 30,000 times, posted by WHR.
“Adam Kirby on Adayar is about to win the Derby, the ride I’ve given up but well done Adam Kirby,” Murphy said as the Godolphin colt put lengths on rivals.
With the race run and won, Murphy was asked by a man behind the camera to share his emotions about losing the ride on Adayar.
“I know that’s racing and hopefully I’ll get my day in the next few years,” Murphy said.
Murphy 25, spent three months in Melbourne as an 18-year-old riding mainly for Flemington trainer Danny O’Brien.
THE WEEK AHEAD
BALLARAT and Pakenham begin the racing week with meetings on their respective synthetic surfaces on Tuesday.
Sale holds down Wednesday action ahead of a return to Ballarat (turf) on Thursday.
Swan Hill takes centre stage on Friday – day one of its marquee three-day carnival culminating in the cup on Sunday.
Sandown Hillside hosts the Saturday city meeting, with Swan Hill providing the provincial undercard.
Reminder all race meetings in Victoria remain crowd-free at least until midnight Thursday.
Changes to current Covid biosecurity guidelines hinge on State Government advice.
Originally published asMonday Racebook: Whip-rule breakers cop wrath of Stewards
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