Mackay Launches Stinging Attack On Stewards
Nicky Mackay has ripped into stewards after the rider was hit with a 10 day suspension for overuse of the whip.
While many cases have been clear cut over the last few weeks and months the Mackay incident is one that doesn’t fit that mould.
His horse Stars In Your Eyes swung right to the outside fence during its eventual winning run and it was visible seen banging into it at various stages.
Mackay argued that had he not used his whip he risked ploughing through the fence and as such it was a safety precaution he had to take.
Stewards agreed with him in part however they only took one of his ten strikes off because of it.
That left him still two strikes over the limit and will mean he’s off the track from February 27 – March 3 and March 5 – March 8.
A clearly annoyed Mackay didn’t hold back with his assessment of what transpired.
“I feel there was not much more I could do. I hit the horse ten times, but in the circumstances I thought I was in danger of going through the fence,” he said.
“Coming to the first bend I thought I was going to go down the seven furlong chute and then again coming up the home straight she was violently hanging. If they can’t overlook that what chance have you got?
“I don’t know how bad it actually has to be for them to let you off or override it. Do you have to go through the fence for them to overlook it?
“I hit the fence a few times and I feel that I was using my whip to correct the filly.”
His spray then went to the next level as he personally attacked the men who’ve suspended him.
“They are sitting in there handing out days but half of them have never ridden a horse so they don’t know,” he said.
“I knew that I had gone over my limit but I wasn’t too bothered as I thought they would overlook it and I would get off with it. I am very disappointed with the stewards.”
Simon Cowley defended the stewards decision saying his extra whipping had no effect on correcting the horse.
“We took into account how difficult a ride this was for Nicky particularly early on in the race but even bearing that in mind when he used his stick in the home straight the problem that presented itself to us what his use of the stick did not appear to have any effect,” he said.
Mackay seems to have plenty of support from the public on this one with polls showing more than 80% of punters believe he was unfairly treated.
Some have even gone as far as declaring it the ride of the day and one that deserved praise from the stewards.
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