Lee Horner has been fined $1000 for a tweet deemed to be “foul, offensive and abusive” after Racing Victoria stewards completed an inquiry into the jumps jockey’s social media activity.
Horner and his partner Amy McDonald both deleted Twitter accounts after the pair was abused following favourite Felix Bay’s sixth placing in the Crisp Steeplechase last month.
The horse was retired after the race.
In a separate probe, stewards queried Horner’s tactics on Felix Bay before deciding they could not be satisfied “the error of judgment was of the type that could be characterised as culpable under the rules.”
Kayo is your ticket to the best sport streaming Live & On-Demand. New to Kayo? Get your 14-day free trial & start streaming instantly >
RV Stewards have opened an inquiry into Noel Callow’s riding of Grand Pope, beaten favourite at Benalla on Friday. Stewards took evidence from Callow and trainer Nick Ryan Stewards before adjourning the matter to a date to be fixed. A post-race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormalities.
Beagle Bailey’s bad bite
DAVID Hayes’ eventful run continued in Hong Kong last week when his beagle Bailey was bitten by a bamboo viper in the Tai Po Kau nature reserve.
The South China Morning Post reported Hayes and his wife Prue took turns carrying the dog back down the mountain before he was successfully treated by vets.
Hayes landed a winner with his first runner on returning to Hong Kong, where he is a dual champion trainer.
Jorge hits new milestone
IN an era where milestones are reached almost daily, veteran Brazilian jockey Jorge Ricardo remains in a league of his own. The 58-year-old logged his 13,000th winner last week, extending his lead over North American Russell Baze (12,844), Argentina’s Pablo Falero (9580), Japan’s Fumio Fatoba (7314), Britain’s Sir Gordon Richards (4870) and Australia’s ageless Robert Thompson (4446).
Waller shows his unique skills
HUMIDOR’s resurrection as an elite performer – at the grand old age of eight – serves as a remarkable measure of Chris Waller’s skill and ambition. The greybeard was eclipsed by Russian Camelot in the Underwood Stakes, but still reeled off race-best splits from the 1600m to the line. Pinyin, who had first use of the track, dazzled with meeting-best sectionals of 600m (34.11), 400m (22.71) and 200m (11.60).
The Racing League’s inaugural season will see Billy Slater’s Queensland Rogues taking on Laurie Daley’s New South Wales Tycoons, Shane Crawford’s Vic Husslers and Brittany Taylor’s Black Hearts from Western Australia.
THE WEEK AHEAD
Racing resumes at Moe on Monday with a nine-race card before action switches to Swan Hill on Tuesday and then Ballarat on Wednesday. Racing continues at Geelong on Thursday before Tatura (day) precedes The Valley’s Friday night meeting. Action returns to Flemington on Saturday for the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes. Murtoa also races on Saturday. Kyneton and Bairnsdale share Sunday’s double billing.
PRINCE OF MERCIA (Race 1, No 3, $2.30) – Scratched from tougher race at The Valley on Friday night for this. Has performed well in jump-outs.
LOVE BROKER (Race 2, No 3, $2) – Had excuses when caught late at Hamilton, after covering ground and losing a plate in transit. Placed here at only previous start and at peak fitness now.
WHIPCRACKER WAY (Race 7, No 4, $3.20) – On-pacer who makes his own luck, bolted in here over 1100m last start. Drawn perfectly to exploit early natural speed. The one to beat.
WONDERFUL DAY (Race 3, No 9, $2.90) – Former Hong Kong galloper building steadily towards a breakthrough win. Has filled the placings at his past three starts and the step to 2450m is ideal.
THE JOCKEYS – Jamie Kah and Damian Lane.
The in-form, Group 1-winning jockeys head to Moe for one ride each. Kah partners PRINCE OF MERCIA (Race 1, No 3, $2.30) for Clayton Douglas before Lane rides TOOMUCHTOBEAR (Race 2, No 9, $6) for Chris Waller.
Originally published as Horner fined for ‘foul’ and ‘abusive’ tweet