Melbourne Cup winner Corey Brown has been fined for his celebratory gesture in which he whipped his horse Shocking on the shoulder as he passed the finish line.
The champion jockey was fined $500 and has a 10 meeting suspension effective after this weekend as result of his offense.
Brown claims to be innocent in the matter stating that he merely flicked his wrist in a celebratory gesture and did not believe there was enough evidence the whip made contact with the horse.
Similarly, trainer David Hayes has pleaded guilty to charges of insulting behaviour towards Racing Victoria-appointed veterinary surgeons.
After ruling his Melbourne Cup runner Changingoftheguard as unfit to compete, an upset Hayes referred to the veterinarians as knuckleheads in front of the media.
Racing Victoria’s Chief Steward Terry Bailey made it clear that Hayes’ behaviour would not be tolerated particularly during such an event which receives worldwide media attention.