Stewards dismiss protest in dead-heat

A rare whip protest has been dismissed by Racing New South Wales stewards at Hawkesbury.

On Thursday, Club Legend and Misty Brook ran a dead-heat in the Brad Widdup Racing Maiden Plate. However, Misty Brook’s jockey, Adrian Layt, lodged a protest against Jordan Mallyon, who was onboard Club Legend, for overuse of the whip.

The stewards did say that Mallyon used his whip on 11 occasions prior to the 100m but threw out the protest because they believed Club Legend did not gain an advantage from the action.

Check out the stewards’ report below…

“Stewards found that although Club Legend was able to make some ground on Misty Brook between the 400m and 100m where the breach occurred, bearing in mind J. Mallyon’s totality of whip strikes, in particular inside the final 100m, in accordance with AR221(2) they could not be comfortably satisfied that Club Legend had gained an advantage and would have finished ahead of Misty Brook.”

Although the result wasn’t overturned, Mallyon was still suspended for his breach and will now miss six meetings. His suspension will start on August 4, with his return being August 15.