Another fine for Munce
Chris Munce has been handed his second fine in four days for a breach of the whip rules with the Melbourne Cup winning hoop one of five jockeys hauled before stewards at Canterbury on Wednesday.
Munce, along with Glyn Schofield, Nash Rawiller, Kathy O’Hara and Mitchell Beadman where all called in by stewards with a total of $2,500 in fines dished out to riders together with reprimands and a suspension for breaches at meetings dating back to Rosehill on October 10.
Munce was given a $600 fine for a ride at Randwick last Wednesday, while apprentice Beadman was the hardest hit by stewards who spotted five infringements by the youngster at three meetings.
In total, Beadman was fined $1200 and given a reprimand and a four day suspension for his breaches.
Munce pleaded guilty to striking Interna in the Ethereal Handicap six times prior to the 100 metres which is one more hit than is permitted under the rules.
The Group One winning jockey had already been fined $3000 by Racing Victoria stewards for his Caulfield Cup ride on Daffodil, who was hit 16 times prior to the 100 metres last Saturday.
Beadman was fined $200 for hitting Alexander Of Hales six times prior to the 100 metres in the Milton Meats Handicap (1900m) at Rosehill on October 10 and was also fined $400 for a ride at the same meeting three races later for also striking Ruud Roy six times prior to the 100 metres in the Cadbury Bubbly Handicap (1300m).
Beadman was reprimanded for using the whip on consecutive strides prior to the 100 metres aboard Sacred Choice in the Ethereal Handicap (1400m) at Randwick last Wednesday.
Also from that Randwick meeting, Beadman pleaded guilty to breaking the whip rules one race later on Blackbriar in the Northerly Handicap (1800m), in which he struck the horse six times before the 100 metres.
The hoop pleaded guilty to a breach of the rules aboard Montana Hilton in the City Tattersalls – A Friends Place Handicap (1400m) at Randwick last Saturday.
The offence resulted in a suspension which commences on October 26 and he will be eligible to return on October 30.
Rawiller was fined $500 after pleading guilty to using the whip 10 times prior to the 100 metres in the Sky Heights Handicap at Randwick last Wednesday.
Also from the Randwick Wednesday meeting, Glyn Schofield pleaded guilty to hitting Code Word on seven occasions prior to the 100 metres in the Rising Fast Handicap and was reprimanded.
Kathy O’Hara pleaded guilty to a charge that she hit a mount six times before the 100 metres at a meeting as Gosford last Sunday and she was fined $200.
By Russell Jackson