August 3, 2021
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Saddle sore: Wicklow jockey fined for shaking hands after winning biggest race of his career in Australia

A Wicklow jockey has been fined for breaking social distancing for shaking hands with his horse’s trainer rules after he claimed the biggest victory of his career.

Shane Jackson, from Kiltegan, celebrated victory in the the A$315,000 (€186k) Grand Annual Steeplechase at Warrnambool in Australia on Tuesday.

The 33-year old triumphed aboard Ablaze in front of deserted grandstands at the south-west Australian venue but he and assistant trainer Declan Maher were both fined A$300 (€176) for shaking hands on the way back into the winner’s enclousure after the race.

“It was a great thrill to win the race that I’ve wanted to win since I came over here,” Jackson told “I’ve earmarked it as the one where I wouldn’t be happy unless I won it.

“What a family I have at home. They are the best supporters in the world and to see the emotion and thrill they get out of it – I feel a very lucky person.”

The stewards report read: “Stable representative Declan Maher and rider Shane Jackson were each fined A$300 under the provisions of AR227(a) for breaking Racing Victoria Covid-19 protocol, in that they made contact on returning to the mounting enclosure.”

Jackson relocated to Australia from Wicklon in 2012 and was the leading jump jockey Down Under last year.


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