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Fellowes Says Jockey Bans Could Be Necessary

Thursday, 7th November 2019

Visiting UK trainer Charlie Fellowes has not budged from his call for disqualification to be meted out to jockeys (and their mounts) where whip rules are broken. According to dailytelegraph.com.au, Fellowes reiterated his earlier position after the Melbourne Cup, despite the rider, Michael Walker, of his own horse Prince of Arran being the subject of a huge $10,000 fine and suspension. The irony is that were his proposed rule in place, eventual runner-up Prince of Arran would have been disqualified and forfeited a huge pay day. Whilst acknowledging the impact that would have on owners and trainers, Fellowes believes an unambiguous revised rule would lead to guilty jockeys being overlooked to the point that no riders would risk infringing in the future. It’s not a view shared by Racing Victoria’s Chief Steward Robert Cram who, on Wednesday, suggested disqualification is not a “satisfactory” solution. He explained, “The difficulty with it is [that] the breaches are prior to the 100m so they’re not from the 100m to the finishing line, and it’s not tangible [what effect that has had on a result].”

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