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Offline PoisonPen7

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« 2019-Oct-30, 03:34 PM Reply #75 »
‘I hope it gets beat’: jockey Linda Meech hits back after Derby axing

Melbourne jockey Linda Meech has hit back at owner Brae Sokolski over her dumping from the Victoria Derby ride on Thought Of That, saying she hoped the highly-fancied colt was beaten in Saturday’s $2 million feature.

Meech, who was replaced by Mark Zahra despite riding Thought Of That to victory at his past two starts, was back to her winning ways at Bendigo today aboard Oasis Girl in the fourth race.

Interviewed by racing.com in the winner’s enclosure, Meech revealed her frustration at being replaced on the So You Think colt, a $3.70 second favourite behind Shadow Hero ($3.40) in the Derby.

“I think I’m handling it pretty well, don’t you think?” she quipped.

“Of course things like that bother you … I’ve had 20 years in this racing game and Brae probably hasn’t been there quite as long, but I won’t let that get to me.

“I know he wanted a Group 1 jockey but Mark Zahra has had 262 rides in Group 1s and I’ve had 23 for one winner and he’s had 15 (winners). But I think if you’re any good at maths he’s probably had a lot more opportunities but his strike rate is pretty bad, same as mine.

“It’s just one of those things. Brae’s a smart enough bloke to stick with the big guns, but I hope that it (Thought Of That) gets beat.”

Meech’s comments came just hours after Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne was fined $1000 for calling Sokolski a “pig” for dumping Meech in a since-deleted social media post.

Payne, the central character in the movie on her life, Ride Like a Girl, was called before stewards to explain social media commentary laced with vitriol concerning the decision to replace Meech with Mark Zahra.

Sokolski — shocked and dismayed by the attacks on him following his decision to axe Meech as the rider for highly-regarded colt in the $2 million Victoria Derby — has defended his stance.

Stewards found Payne’s comments to be offensive to Sokolski and charged her under Australian Rule of Racing 228 (d) which states:

“A person must not engage in publishing or posting on any social media platform or channel any material, content or comment that is obscene, offensive, defamatory, racist, threatening, harassing, discriminatory or abusive to or about any other person involved in the racing industry”.

Payne entered a guilty plea and, after consideration was given to her guilty plea and past offences, was fined $1000.

Sokolski, speaking on his weekly segment on RSN 927, made it clear the matter may go further.

“I’ve spent my life building a reputation in the business and racing communities for acting with integrity, decency, fairness and respect. To have this reputation now sullied by an impetuous and reckless act is deeply upsetting not only to myself but those close to me,” Sokolski said.

“So Michelle Payne will be held to account and a lesson needs to be learned.”

Sokolski said he would reach out to Meech and he would be happy for her to ride for him in the future.


https://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/horse-racing/jockey-michelle-payne-fined-for-calling-owner-a-pig-in-sincedeleted-tweet

Wonder what sort of defamation payout he is expecting for being called a pig on Twitter  :chin:

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« 2019-Oct-30, 03:40 PM Reply #76 »
I would think he has not got much of a reputation to be damaged, particularly after his comments

on welcoming Weir back.

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« 2019-Oct-30, 08:30 PM Reply #77 »


................. the bad-karma kid will deal with this porcine person

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« 2019-Oct-31, 09:14 AM Reply #78 »
If it was a male jockey replaced there would be no comment.

That's sexist Michelle!!

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« 2019-Oct-31, 07:07 PM Reply #79 »
Michelle Payne should have know better than to call him a pig..possibly she may have had some dispute with him when both were involved with Darren Weir...who knows very degrogatory description whatever their previous history may or may not have been .

It turns out the trainer partnership were happy with Meech but the majority of owners wanted a change to Zahara .......there's no loyalty  jockeys try and unseat their fellow riders to get a better ride ...catch and kill yer own is their motto........Meech might have lost some support from the training partnership and others after she "hoped it would get beat "..understandable she would think that but very foolish to come out publicly and express it......possibly the horse may not run in the Derby if it does I'm thinking the same as Linda.

Giddy Up :beer:

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« 2019-Oct-31, 08:34 PM Reply #80 »
Michelle Payne should have know better than to call him a pig..possibly she may have had some dispute with him when both were involved with Darren Weir...who knows very degrogatory description whatever their previous history may or may not have been .

It turns out the trainer partnership were happy with Meech but the majority of owners wanted a change to Zahara .......there's no loyalty  jockeys try and unseat their fellow riders to get a better ride ...catch and kill yer own is their motto........Meech might have lost some support from the training partnership and others after she "hoped it would get beat "..understandable she would think that but very foolish to come out publicly and express it......possibly the horse may not run in the Derby if it does I'm thinking the same as Linda.

Giddy Up :beer:


Sadly, with syndicates, you do end up with a bunch of people who want to be involved in the sport but have bugger all idea but a voice

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« 2019-Nov-02, 01:42 PM Reply #81 »
Well done to Melody Belle......big win by the absolute top class mare that she is.

Hard to believe some of the comments from 'the experts' around this mare......as noted by the trainer Jamie Richards.


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« 2019-Nov-03, 08:53 AM Reply #82 »
The Derby yesterday was one for the punters who do the breeding.

Warning is by Declaration Of War who looks to be a real staying sire but the dam Livia is by Galileo.......just the name you want to see in a staying race on wet ground.
Compared to the fav. being by Pierro and the heavily backed Soul Patch by a son of Snitzel from a Flying Spur mare well there is not much comparison.

Talking through my pocket here but I always thought Puissance De Lune liked give in the ground as well, so nice to see his son get up for 2nd. :bop:

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« 2019-Nov-03, 09:33 AM Reply #83 »
The Derby yesterday was one for the punters who do the breeding.

Warning is by Declaration Of War who looks to be a real staying sire but the dam Livia is by Galileo.......just the name you want to see in a staying race on wet ground.
Compared to the fav. being by Pierro and the heavily backed Soul Patch by a son of Snitzel from a Flying Spur mare well there is not much comparison.

Talking through my pocket here but I always thought Puissance De Lune liked give in the ground as well, so nice to see his son get up for 2nd. :bop:

I had a nice win on Warning through Tofane.

Besides the breeding, hard to not notice the run in the Norman Robinson.

Shadow Hero was disappointing. 5th. Seemed too far back but he was always going to be. Josh Parr got 11 meetings for the ride to boot.

Big flop was the 2nd fave Thought Of That. Long Jack ensured he wasn't going to get easy sectionals and the 2500m found him out. Or maybe instead of Long Jack we should blame the owner who Michelle Payne called a pig and Linda Meech wished that "I hope the horse gets beat". God Factor might have been at work here.

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« 2019-Nov-09, 11:01 AM Reply #84 »
Can't let Hartnell's swansong, in today's MacKinnon, pass without comment.

What a fantastic thoroughbred he has been, distance range, track surface doesn't seem to matter to this amazing old boy...... hard to compare his achievements in human terms.

I'm sure the old boys legs will appreciate the give in the ground today (as will Humidor)and he'll be in the finish for sure.

Update....I hope there is give in the track!
« Last Edit: 2019-Nov-09, 11:27 AM by nemisis »


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