Weight not right for Jockeys

Jockeys Brian Higgins and Ryan Maloney have been fined $600 and $500 respectively on charges relating to deliberately attempting to lighten their weight when weighing in after provincial races.

Higgins pleaded guilty before the Racing Appeals And Disciplinary Board to a charge of improper action in that he deliberately placed his riding gear against the head of the scale so as to affect the weight displayed after the Maiden Plate (1309m) at Seymour on July 29.

The jockey rode One Carat into ninth place in the race.

Higgins also pleaded guilty to a further charge relating to him weighing in 1.5kg over his declared weight.

No penalty was imposed for that breach.

Maloney was fined $500 on a charge of improper action when weighing in at the Geelong meeting on July 16.

He pleaded guilty to deliberately removing the girth from his saddle and concealing it inside his helmet and weighing in without the girth after the 3YO Maiden Plate (1200m).

Maloney’s mount Tassie Devil ran last.