Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Angry Mackay Is the Whipping Boy

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Angry Mackay Is the Whipping Boy

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NICKY Mackay vented his frustration at the Wolverhampton stewards after picking up a ten-day whip ban for winning aboard the particularly wayward Stars In Your Eyes. There remains a simmering dissatisfaction in the weighing room over the lengthy suspensions applied to excessive use of the stick, and Mackay believed he had no alternative way of controlling his mount or preventing an accident.

John Gosden's filly, a daughter of the illustrious Galileo, was sent off the 1-2 favourite for the Enjoy The Horizons Restaurant Experience Maiden Stakes after three solid runs on the all-weather.

However, there was immediate concern for her pilot when she nearly ran off the track on the bend entering the back straight.

It got no easier for Mackay when Stars In Your Eyes ran wide again on the home turn, crossing right the way over to the stands rail, and Mister Fizz managed to close to within a nose just by keeping straight.

It was Mackay's second such offence within 12 months, hence the severity of the punishment, and he must sit out February 27-29 as well March 1-3 and 5-8. He said: "I feel there was nothing more I could do, "I have hit the horse 10 times but I thought I was in danger of going through the fence or something more serious happening.

"I don't know how serious it has to be for them to let you off.

"Do you have to go through the fence? I said (to the stewards) I was using my whip to correct my filly.

"You want to win, but when you get in a situation like that safety comes first.

They have not looked at that I don't think."

He went on: "I was just getting myself going again and I have been given 10 days and lost my prize-money.

"I knew I had gone over my limit, but I thought they would overlook it.

"They have not and I am very disappointed.

"They all sit there writing out days but half of them have not sat on a horse.

"I don't know (about lodging an appeal).

Nine times out of ten you go down there and nothing happens, so I will talk to the boss."

Explaining their methods, stipendiary steward Simon Cowley said: "The problem is the use of the whip did not stop the filly from drifting. …

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