Edited Release — According to website HorseRacingPlanet.com, jockey David Egan, who upset Charlatan with Mishriff on Saturday was fined $100,000 for violating Saudi Arabian whip infractions when he struck the winner 11 times to ensure the victory.
The amount is 10% of Egan’s 10% share of the $10 million purse. Actually, the $100,000 fine is for one strike of the crop as 10 is the allowable maximum.
Further, the Saudi Jockey Club suspended the rider for two days.
Stipendiary steward Phil Tuck told HorseRacingPlanet.com: “We took into account that two hits were down the shoulder in the backhand position and considered that he used the whip 11 times behind the saddle. He had 10% of his prize-money deducted.”
The website also reports that Charlatan’s jockey, Hall of Famer Mike Smith, was suspended two days for allegedly interfering with Sleepy Eyes Todd about 100 meters from the start of the one-turn, nine-furlong race. Smith was hit with a nine-day ban and heavy fine in the inaugural running of the Saudi Cup in 2020, having to lose approximately $210,000, or 60% of his earnings from Midnight Bisou’s second-place finish.