Baster inquiry adjourned, McDonald fined for excessive whip use


Retiring jockey Stephen Baster has not been able to walk quietly into the sunset, with stewards adjourning an inquiry into an alleged incident between the jockey and Colac trainer Glenn Thornton following the last race of the Cup carnival at Flemington.

The stewards refused to give details of the alleged incident on Saturday. However, they spoke to Baster and Thornton, who trained Mister Jay in the last race, as well as VRC head of security, Simon Ogden before confirming they had deferred the inquiry until a later date.

Baster had his two final rides at Flemington on Saturday but will feature at next week’s Sandown meeting before beginning a career in real estate on the Mornington Peninsula.

Meanwhile, James McDonald was fined $1500 for excessive whip use on Mandela Effect in race one.

McDonald used the whip eight times before the 100-metre mark, driving Mandela Effect to a last gasp win.

He rode a double steering Nature Strip to victory in of the group 1 Darley Sprint Classic.



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