10 YEARS ON -- MICHAEL WALKER EXPLAINS WHIP USE TO THE STEWARDS
Prince Of Arran’s jockey Michael Walker admitted the whip rules "went out the window" in the drive to the line in Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup.
Walker threw everything at the Charlie Fellowes-trained Prince Of Arran in the last 200m of the Melbourne Cup but the British stayer fell a long head short of victory.
Walker ............. struck Prince Of Arran 12 times ............. before the 100m mark, seven times more than allowed.
"There's not much I can say," Walker said. "Everything went out the window when I knew I was a chance to win my first Melbourne Cup
Walker was suspended for seven meetings, .............., and fined $10,000.
The riding fee for the second placing on Prince Of Arran was $55,000 -- [5% of the $1.1 m for running second]
1O YEARS AFTER THE FIRST POST NEW WHIP RULES: THE ECONOMICS OF CRIME
Using Blake Shinn's ride in last year's Melbourne Cup on Viewed as an example, Bailey said a repeat of that level of whip use in the $5million race would certainly see the winning rider forfeit the riding fee, plus the maximum fine of $75,000 -- equating to half the 5 per cent commission of prizemoney.
In short when $3.5 million overwhelms $225,000 by a factor of 15 -- the prospective penalties are an invitation to go for broke.