McEvoy caught in the traps – and no turning back
Kerrin McEvoy: fined $500 after relieving himself in the stalls
PICTURE: Edward Whitaker McEvoy caught in the traps after stalls relief By Jack Haynes 11:00AM 6 AUG 2016
WHEN you've got to go, you've got to go – though there was no convincing stewards at Randwick in Australia for Kerrin McEvoy.
The prolific Group 1-winning rider, who landed the opening race at the Shergar Cup aboard Robert Cowell's Secretinthepark last year, jumped off his mount and into the stalls to relieve himself before the second race on Saturday, and consequently picked up a $500 fine after pleading guilty to the misconduct charge.
McEvoy's actions were caught on camera and, with the stalls for the 1m4f race positioned in front of the grandstand, the stewards told the rider that he should have been aware he could be seen.
Chief steward Marc Van Gestel said had it not been for McEvoy's clean record and standing in the sport the penalty would have been greater.
Van Gestel said: "You have got to accept in this day and age there are cameras around and we can't tolerate this as a sport. We think the conduct is out of character and if his record and standing in the industry wasn't what it is, the fine would have been greater."
Explaining his actions, McEvoy said: "I was supposed to ride light today and when Capitalist was scratched [from the Missile Stakes] I re-hydrated.
"I needed to go. I wasn't anticipating the cameras."
McEvoy managed to shake off the incident by winning aboard Knit ‘N' Purl later on the card.
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