The Victorian Racing Tribunal has slashed jockey Kerrin McEvoy’s $50,000 fine for overuse of the whip in last Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup.
McEvoy copped the huge fine after pleading guilty to using the whip 13 times, eight more than allowed, on runner-up Tiger Moth before the 100m of the Melbourne Cup.
McEvoy was also suspended for 13 meetings for the offence. He did not appeal the suspension, only the financial sanction.
McEvoy earned $55,000 in riding percentages on Tiger Moth. Stewards stripped more than 90 percent of that amount with the whopping fine.
The Victorian Racing Tribunal cut the jockey’s fine to $30,000 on Monday morning.
Kerrin McEvoy riding out Tiger Moth (left) into second behind Twilight Payment in the 2020 Melbourne Cup at Flemington. Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images for the VRC.Source:Getty Images
VRT chairman Judge John Bowman noted McEvoy’s penalty was far higher than the ones meted out to other jockeys for similar infringements.
Bowman said his research indicated the highest previous fine for a whip breach represented 55 percent of a rider’s winnings.
He said stewards had the right to impose a tough penalty for high-profile whip breaches. However, McEvoy’s financial penalty was too steep.
“I’m not saying the protocol excludes it. It does not. However, the general penalty has been approximately 50 per cent of five per cent of the prizemoney, ranging up to 55 per cent,” Bowman said.
“A fine of 90.9 percent of five percent of the stake money seems, to me, to be excessive.
“The financial penalty is varied to $30,000, which is, in percentage terms, approximately 55 percent of the five percent of stake money.”
Originally published asMcEvoy learns verdict on hefty Cup whip fine
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