How race officials are battling excessive whip use in Cup

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Racing Victoria stewards have a history of levying huge fines and bans for overuse of the whip in the race that stops the nation, with three-time Cup winning jockey Kerrin McEvoy forking out $50,000 for flouting the rule when second on Tiger Moth in 2020.

The first three jockeys across the line in the 2018 Melbourne Cup were all found to have breached the rule.

Last year’s race resulted in Damien Thornton ($4000) and Daniel Moor ($2000) both being fined for using the whip four more times than permitted before the 100-metre mark.

Moore, Moreira, Zac Purton, Hollie Doyle and Kohei Matsuyama will be the overseas-based riders who will have to adapt to Australia’s whip guidelines, which are different to other jurisdictions around the world.

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Moore was fined $32,000 for his brilliant winning ride on Auguste Rodin at the Breeders’ Cup meeting in California on the weekend. He was only strike over the allowable limit under the United States’ whip rules.

English trainer Charlie Fellowes, who has campaigned successfully with former runner-up Prince Of Arran, has argued jockeys will only curtail their whip use when results are overturned for blatant breaches – rather than fines and suspensions.

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