Avdulla Pays the Price for Happiness Winning Group 1 Crown Oaks

The enforcers of propriety seem bent on removing all the joy out of every sport when it comes to competitors celebrating after a fait accompli of any kind.

For evidence, consider the NFL, where there are un-sportsmanship penalties for “excessive celebration” levied against players that carry a 15-yard penalty. Often, in the week following the incident, the NFL head office imposes a fine on the guilty player or players.

For further evidence, consider the fate of jockey Brenton Avdulla at Flemington Thursday past.

He showed up to ride Lee Curtis trained Lasqueti Spirit hoping to at least finish aboard the $101 outsider in the top eight.

Much to his surprise, along with punters and handicappers as well, the horse lead the race from start to finish and had such a comfortable margin with 100 m to go, that Avdulla stood tall in the irons and performed an elaborate bow to the grandstand as he and Lasqueti Spirit passed the post.

The impromptu maneuver resulted in a $1,000 fine from Chief Steward Terry Bailey.

Bailey stoically explained that he and his panel try, “to be a bit liberal,” with celebrations,” but that Avdulla’s escapade was excessive in the extreme, saying, “Whilst it’s good theatre it would be terrible is something goes wrong.”

Tsk, tsk, Mr. Avdulla!

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