Jockey Darryl McLellan suspended for whip rule breach in Oaks

Racing Victoria stewards have maintained a harsh stance on whip breaches following the Melbourne Cup, handing jockey Darryl McLellan a $2500 fine and six-meeting suspension for breaking the rules in Thursday’s group 1 Oaks.

McLellan, on board second-place getter Never Listen, pleaded guilty to using the whip 10 times before the 100-metre mark, five more than permitted.

On Tuesday, jockey Michael Walker copped a record seven-meeting ban and $10,000 fine for exceeding the whip rule by seven prior to the 100-metre mark in the Melbourne Cup.

Steward Rob Montgomery told McLellan that the significant penalty was handed down due to the breaches being in the group 1 Oaks, which would have been watched around the country by the general public.


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