Melbourne Cup winner Mark Zahra has been punished for breaching whip rules at Flemington on Tuesday, with two more jockeys also earning suspensions.
Zahra was the toast of the course when he rode Without A Fight to victory in the $8.4 million feature but he had been in the stewards’ sights after finishing third in Race 3.
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The 41-year-old was found to have struck Aztec State nine times prior to the 100m mark.
He was fined $500 by Racing Victoria stewards, avoiding a ban despite only recently serving a suspension for breaching whip rules.
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The Melbourne Cup itself was untroubled by whip concerns with Zahra having no such troubles as he had after winning the Caulfield Cup aboard Without A Fight three weeks ago.
Zahra had timed his run perfectly to claim the 2400m handicap but stewards later found he hit his mount nine times before the 100m mark and 13 in total.
The jockey, who kept the Caulfield Cup victory, was suspended for seven meetings and hit with a massive $50,000 fine.
Mark Zahra won the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday. Credit: Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Images
Zahra was able to serve the ban between the Cox Plate and Victoria Derby, meaning he could ride on both days and be in the clear for the Melbourne Cup.
Elsewhere on Cup Day, Damian Lane received a lengthy suspension of 10 meetings and a $2000 fine for breaching the whip rules while winning Race 3 aboard Warmonger.
He was found to have used the whip 10 times prior to the 100m mark, twice the permitted level, and 16 times overall.
Stewards took Lane’s guilty plea, record, the victory and “totality of his whip use” into account when deciding his penalty.
The 29-year-old will miss Stakes Day on Saturday while serving his ban from November 10-18.
Damian Lane (left) and Mark Zahra (right) were both punished for breaching whip rules in Race 3 at Flemington. Credit: James Ross/AAP
Jockey Craig Newitt pleaded guilty for using his whip 10 times before the 100m mark on Platinum Wolf in Race 6.
He has also been banned for 10 meetings, from November 9-17, in addition to a $500 fine.
Meanwhile, Racing Victoria stewards are set to follow up on several Melbourne Cup horses following post-race veterinary examinations.
Right You Are failed to finish in the hot conditions and was found to be lame behind.
Last year’s winner Gold Trip came home 17th and was found to be lame in the right foreleg.
Further drama also surrounded Alenquer following pre-race concerns for his condition, with the post-race inspection finding the gelding was lame in his left foreleg.
Damien Oliver rode Alenquer in the Melbourne Cup after pre-race concerns eased. Credit: JAMES ROSS/AAPIMAGE
Race favourite Vauban only finished 14th and an exam found no obvious issues for a performance termed “disappointing” by jockey Ryan Moore and trainer Willie Mullins.
“Vauban was a little disappointing alright. He was beaten too far out for my liking,” Mullins said.
“When I saw him at six furlongs out with Ryan having to give him a little niggle I thought ‘that’s too far out for him to be niggling him’.
“He just flattened out and ran very disappointing, but there we are. That’s the nature of this game.”
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