Pierata Wins First Group Race of New Season

You could throw the lot in jail, or more ironically, transport them the Great Britain as punishment.

The stewards had the rulebook out Saturday for the first Group quality race of the 2018 – 2019 Australian Thoroughbred racing season. They handed winning hoop James McDonald, who steered Pierata, and second placed Kementari rider Glyn Schofield, four meeting suspension for careless riding charges.

How long before we see a horse suspended for being ridden carelessly?

Tye Angland, riding Monstar, was fined $600 after admitting to using his whip on Monstar double the allotted number of times prior to the final 100 metres of the race.

Smaller fish, namely Queensland apprentice Michael Murphy, drew a one-week suspension and a $1000 fine for hitting Bergerac excessively in winning the half Yearly Membership Handicap. He has been brought up on similar charges on eight prior occasions and will start his suspension beginning on August 12.

With all the cowboys on the metro and country tracks, is it any wonder that Chris Waller keeps Winx in the barn?

The whip rule has proven to be controversial and costly in some instances. It would be one thing in a jockey went over by one stroke, but five? If that was the case, and Angland admitted such, should the horse not be moved to the back?

This would seem like one possible solution. As it now stands, if the horse that wins The Everest in October has its prizemoney stripped, that might send a clear signal to those that truly hold the reins that there are actual consequences to breaking the rules.

McDonald and Schofield started their suspension immediately and from here, it looks like they will be getting a holiday, as opposed to any sort of sanction.

As things now stand, the whip rule appears to be nothing other than a “feel good” bow to the crowd that would like to see racing banned entirely.

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