LEADING trainer David Hayes was slapped with a $3000 fine by Racing Victoria and his horse was disqualified following a race during Monday’s mid-week meet at Wangaratta.
Hayes’ charge Aajwaad cruised to a comfortable win in the Wangaratta Chronicle Maiden Plate but jockey Daniel Moor weighed in 2kg less than the 58.5kg he was supposed to carry.
The problem arose before the race with Hayes’ staff forgetting to put the extra weight in the horse’s saddle.
Officials immediately disqualified the horse and hit Hayes, who was not in attendance with the fine, while Moor was also fined $1000.
Wangaratta Turf Club chief executive officer Paul Hoysted was stunned with the result.
“I’ve never heard of it ever happening in my experiences,” he said.
“Even before my involvement with the club I hadn’t heard of it happening.
“Jockeys are given 0.5kg lee-way when they weigh in but 2kg difference means automatic disqualification.”