Stewards handed down two suspensions, a fine and a warning for breaches of the whip rule at Ellerslie yesterday.
Nik Bakar, who is reportedly bound for Singapore in the coming week, was fined $600 for excessive use of the whip on the runner-up Griffin in the third race.
Two races later, Bakar admitted another breach of the same rule in his winning ride on Kingsguard in the $35,000 Electrolux Sprint. He was handed a six-day suspension from the completion of yesterday’s meeting up to and including April 10.
In the same race, in-form jockey Donovan Mansour admitted a charge of excessive whip use on the fifth-placed Yearn. His six-day suspension begins at the end of next Saturday’s meeting and will run until April 14.
Cameron Lammas was warned over his use of the whip on The Buzz in the seventh race on the card.
Meanwhile, the Auckland Racing Club was questioned regarding the times provided for the last 600 metres of yesterday’s races. Course manager Jason Fulford will investigate the matter.