Jockey's fitting Shane Warne tribute after 'sentimental' win

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The jockey of a horse part-owned by the late Shane Warne paid fitting tribute to the spin king, after Sacred Oath claimed its maiden victory. Pictures: Twitter/Getty Images
The jockey of a horse part-owned by the late Shane Warne paid fitting tribute to the spin king, after Sacred Oath claimed its maiden victory. Pictures: Twitter/Getty Images

The jockey of a racehorse part-owned by the late Shane Warne has delievered a fitting tribute to the cricket legend after picking up its maiden victory on Saturday.

Sacred Oath, trained by David Vandyke, was first past the post with jockey Noel Callow on board after finding its legs down the straight to win the Pink Flamingo Speigelclub maiden handicap.

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The journey to a maiden win has been a difficult one, with Sacred Oath involved in a scary incident just over a month ago in which the jockey was sent tumbling to the turf after being crowded against the inside barrier by another rider.

There were no such worries on Saturday though, with Callow performing a fitting tribute while still on board Sacred Oath.

After pumping his fist, Callow mimed bowling a leg break as he continued down the straight.

It was a popular move among racing and cricket fans, with many of the connections to Sacred Oath who also knew Warne thrilled to get the victory.

Several of them took to Twitter to enjoy the moment.

Sacred Oath boasts a number of high-profile part owners, including actor Shane Jacobson, AFL commentator Hamish McLachlan and former Hawthorn star Campbell Brown.

Warne's sudden death in Thailand back in March sent shockwaves through the sporting world.

The 51-year-old was farewelled in a memorial service at the MCG, which was attended by family, friends and thousands of fans who packed into the famous venue to pay a final tribute to Warne.

Warne's father Keith and brother Jason were among the family members to pay tribute to the cricket great, while music giants Elton John and Coldplay frontman Chris Martin also performed songs in the cricket great's memory.

Perhaps the most stirring and emotional tributes of the night came from Warne's three children - Brooke, Summer and Jackson - who all shared stories of a devoted and one-of-a-kind father.

Artist facing criminal charges over Shane Warne mural

The aftermath of Warne's death has resulted in a Melbourne artist saying he is facing criminal charges over a mural of the former Test great that he painted in the weeks after the tragedy.

Jarrod Grech paid tribute to Warne last month with a mural of the King of Spin on a brick wall on Canning Street in Carlton.

"In this portrait I tried to capture Shane's charisma and fun nature," Mr Grech wrote on Instagram.

"One of my fondest memories is playing cricket in primary school trying to bowl like Shane and Brett Lee.

"I hope I did your porcelain veneers proud brother. See you in the next life."

However Mr Grech has since revealed that police have informed him he is facing criminal charges for graffitiing the wall.

The artist told news.com that the wall borders an abandoned home, which is usually covered in graffiti by vandals.

“I usually cover the vandalism with my murals,” he said.

“I’ve never had a problem there, I’ve been painting that wall for years.”

Mr Grech said he told police he “put up murals to inspire kids, and to help stop them covering walls with vandalism”.

The mural of Warne covered one of American rapper DMX that Mr Grech painted previously.

“I think the police told the owner I was doing graffiti though, not that I was doing a mural,” he said.

Victoria Police said officers attended the property on March 30 to respond to reports of graffiti.

”They spoke to a man at that location and have since spoken to the owner of the premises who has provided a statement in the matter,” a police spokesperson said.

“An investigation into the incident is ongoing.”

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