It seems that there are other practical uses for farrier tools.
Jockey Craig Williams was fined $2,000 for placing a set of clinching tongs and a buffer in his boots before winning Saturday’s Lawrence Stakes on Hartnell, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.
Before the start of the race, Williams realized he had weighed out in a heavier vest. In an admitted panic, the jockey made up the weight by raiding the tools from a farrier’s bag.
After the race, Williams weighed in 1.3 kilograms heavy and admitted the cause of the extra weight to stewards.
“My first thought was the horse would be disqualified,” he told stewards. “I had to make up the weight.”
Hartnell won the race easily despite the more than extra kilo.
“If it wasn’t so serious, it would almost be humorous,” says Terry Bailey, Racing Victoria chief steward.
Williams was fined $1,000 for altering equipment without stewards permission, as well as $1,000 for being more than 0.5 kg over his allocated weight. Williams won $6,000 for the race.