Chief steward calls urgent meeting over whip rules

POSTED ON  |  28-06-2020

Robert Cram and Jamie Stier
Racing Victoria's chief steward Robert Cram has called an urgent meeting with Victorian Jockeys' Association boss Matt Hyland in an attempt to iron out issues with the whip rules. It comes after experienced jockey Jamie Mott was slapped with a $1500 fine for a tongue-in-cheek tweet posted on Wednesday night in which he said he would break the rules to give his horse a better chance of winning.

Mott finished second on Muswellbrook in his only ride at Sandown on Wednesday, beaten by Regan Bayliss on Caffrey, who stewards fined $900 after the race for breaching two whip rules during the race. Mott pleaded guilty to misconduct and was fined $1500 and has since deleted his Twitter account.

But it was after Saturday's meeting at Moonee Valley, where two horses dead-heated, that Cram contacted Hyland to set up a meeting as soon as possible to discuss issues with the rules. At Moonee Valley, rider Billy Egan was fined $1500 and suspended for six meetings after he used the whip on nine occasions prior to the 100-metre mark on the horse Plein Ciel.

However, stewards elected not to demote the horse from equal first place as they could not determine what advantage the excessive whip use gave the horse.

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