Jockey Billy Egan suspended for 14 meetings after striking horse multiple times in the barriers at Sale

Top jockey Billy Egan has been slapped with a two-week ban for striking mount Wine O’Clock multiple times in the barriers at Sale on Wednesday.

Wine O’Clock, a $6.50 chance in the 1419m maiden, became restless standing in the gates.

Stewards found Egan struck the four-year-old five times with an open hand and once with a closed fist.

Egan pleaded guilty to the misconduct charge.

The ban, effective from midnight Sunday, will take in 14 meetings including four metropolitan cards.

His plea and record was taken into account when determining the sanction.

Despite playing up in the stalls, Wine O’Clock jumped cleanly out of the machine to take a midfield position but was under pressure approaching the home bend.

The Patrick Payne-trained gelding, now a four-start maiden, finished eighth and 11 lengths behind $20 shot Felix Fiorente.

Egan was unable to offer explanation to stewards for his mount’s performance.

Egan had an otherwise successful day in the saddle at Sale, riding a winner, Slipintothis, and three minor placings from six rides.

Meanwhile, Daniel Stackhouse copped a seven-meeting ban for excessive whip use on mount Tadashi Hamada.

Stewards took into account the totality of whip strikes (14) and that Stackhouse pleaded guilty after the winning ride.

Riders are permitted to strike a horse five times prior to the last 100m.

Six Victorian riders breached whip rules last week.

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