A number of champion hoops were fined for breaches of the controversial new whip rules following Saturday’s $2.5million Caulfield Cup.
Chris Munce, who rode Daffodil to fourth place in the 2400m race, copped a total of $3000 in fines. He was penalised for two separate violations during the ride by acing Victoria Limited stewards after striking Daffodil 16 times between the 300m and the 100m mark in the Caulfield Cup, eight of which were consecutive.
This was a clear overuse of the whip under the new laws, which prohibit a jockey to use the whip in excess of five times prior to the 200 metres. Munce has now been found guilty of five whip rule breaches since the amended laws came into place on September 26.
Caulfield Cup victor Viewed’s jockey Brad Rawiler was also fined for whip use infringements, penalised $500 for striking Viewed on five consecutive strides, his first offence.
Third placegetter Vigor’s ride Corey Brown was fined as well – $250 for hitting Vigor in two consecutive strides.