Warrnambool jockey Luke Williams got mixed reviews for his winning ride on Tough Vic at Mortlake last Saturday.
The trainer loved it, the stewards didn’t.
The stipes found Williams guilty of using the whip 12 times prior to the 100-metre mark — seven more than permitted — and banned him from midnight on Cup day to midnight on November 12.
Trainer James McNamara on the other hand congratulated Williams on the ride.
“We needed a strong rider and Luke fitted the bill,” McNamara said. “I think he’s a underrated jockey.
“I told Luke to get Tough Vic going from the 800 metre mark. He’s a tough horse who needs a long time to wind up. Tough Vic can be lazy.
“It was a big win considering he was carrying 61kg.”
The Koroit hobby trainer will enter Tough Vic for Saturday week’s Dunkeld Cup among other races.
A jumps career is on the cards next season.
Tough Vic has won four of his 29 starts.
Skyway to paddock
Lightly raced Warrnambool filly Skyway Star is heading to the spelling paddock following her run at Flemington on Saturday.
Skyway Star ran seventh behind Aristia at her fourth start for Symon Wilde, in the Group 2 $300,000 Wakeful Stakes.
“We really threw her in at the deep end,” Wilde said. “I thought her effort was super.
“It was a massive jump in grade for her as she’s still eligible for maiden races.
“We’ll give her a good break now. I think she’s got a bright future. With a good break she should come back a lot stronger in the autumn.”