Carnival's star jockey Kate Cowan hit with hefty fine
The star flat racing jockey at the Riccarton carnival Kate Cowan had her amazing week tempered by a hefty fine on Saturday.
Cowan impressed with her composure when winning the Winter Cup on Nashville the previous weekend and was at it again on Saturday.
The Central Districts apprentice repeated her heroics in an open handicap over 1400m giving Nashville the 14th win of his distinguished career.
The Adrian and Harry Bull-trained Nashville, a two-time Group I winner, is inching closer a million dollar in earnings with Saturday's win.
Cowan scored a hat-trick of wins on Saturday also picking up wins aboard Standrews Masonic and Southern Cool to give her four wins for the carnival and 13 career victories.
It was the ride on Standrews Masonic that copped the wrath of the judiciary.
The track was extremely testing at Riccarton and jockeys were doing their best to keep their mounts rolling in the holding ground, and by race 10 the judiciary was obviously keeping a close eye on whip use.
After the race Cowan, along with Samantha Wynne (Mandalay) and Ryan Bishop (Shakti) had to front officials to face charges of excessive use of the whip.
They all admitted the charges and Cowan was hit with a $550 fine, Wynne $300 and Bishop $250.
Interestingly the three dividend bearers were the mounts of Cowan, Bishop and Wynne respectively.
Trainer Cathy Trembath was questioned by stewards regarding the improved performance of Standrews Masonic.
Trembath advised that in her opinion the gelding derived considerable benefit from its previous start when it resumed racing after a month's freshen-up.
Trembath added that the gelding had also benefited from the step up in distance coupled with Cowan's apprentice allowance.
The judiciary also took the gloss off Shaun Phelan's winning Grand National ride on Upper Cut hitting him with a$300 fine for making a celebratory gesture prior to the winning post with the jockey admitting the charge.