Jockey cops record-breaking fine over brutal act in Melbourne Cup

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Kerrin McEvoy, pictured here riding Tiger Moth in the Melbourne Cup.
Kerrin McEvoy rode Tiger Moth to second place in the Melbourne Cup. (Pat Scala/Racing Photos via Getty Images)

Kerrin McEvoy has copped a Melbourne Cup record $50,000 fine for excessive whip use in the Melbourne Cup.

McEvoy, who rode Tiger Moth to second place in the race that stops the nation, has also been suspended for the next 13 meetings.

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The $50,000 fine is one of the most significant in Australian racing history, matching the penalty given to Greg Hall for improper riding after his win in the 1996 Golden Slipper.

It is the biggest fine ever handed out for the Melbourne Cup.

Stewards found McEvoy struck the Irish stayer 13 times before the 100m mark and 21 times overall.

The three-time Melbourne Cup-winning jockey pleaded guilty and he will also serve a 13-meeting suspension for the breach.

Under Australian racing rules, jockeys are not allowed to strike their mounts more than five times before reaching the 100m mark.

McEvoy was aiming for a record-equalling fourth win in the Melbourne Cup and he gave Tiger Moth every chance under a featherweight 52.5kg.

Tiger Moth seemed set to give his trainer Aidan O’Brien a long-awaited Melbourne Cup victory when he loomed in ominous fashion at the 200m.

But the northern hemisphere three-year-old couldn't bridge the margin in time before going under by a long neck.

“It was a great run for a young horse having only his fifth start in a race. He's run really well,” McEvoy said.

McEvoy earned $55,000 as his percentage of Tiger Month's prize money.

Kerrin McEvoy, pictured here after winning the MSS Security Sprint on Melbourne Cup day.
Kerrin McEvoy returns to the mounting yard after winning the MSS Security Sprint on Melbourne Cup day. (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos via Getty Images)

Anthony Van Dyck death mars Melbourne Cup

The cause of Anthony Van Dyck's fatal Melbourne Cup injury isn't expected to be known for weeks, the sport’s governing body Racing Victoria said on Tuesday.

Anthony Van Dyck became the latest international star to go amiss in the Melbourne Cup when the Aidan O'Brien-trained stayer faltered late in the race.

As Twilight Payment swept to an all-the-way victory for O'Brien's son Joseph, Anthony Van Dyck was retired from the race with a fractured fetlock.

Anthony Van Dyck’s injury was so severe that veterinarians were unable to save last year's English Derby winner.

Racing Victoria's Jamie Steir said a fatality report that included the results of an autopsy would be prepared as per the regulatory body's welfare protocols.

“The report will include the findings of a post-mortem which will now be conducted by the University of Melbourne Veterinary Clinic and we expect it will be several weeks before we have a completed report for consideration,” Steir said.

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