Thornton fined for shoving Baster

Racing Victoria Stewards have fined trainer Glenn Thornton for shoving jockey Stephen Baster multiple times after the final race of Melbourne Cup week.

Thornton pushed Baster with an open hand to the chest on four occasions near the mounting yard exit at Flemington on November 9.

Evidence was taken from both Thornton and Baster on the day before the matter was adjourned and completed on Monday with Thornton pleading guilty to a charge of breaching Australian Rules of Racing 227(a) which states:

"AR 227(a): Without limiting any other powers, a PRA or the Stewards may penalise any person who: (a) Commits any breach of the rules or engages in in conduct or negligence which has or could have led to a breach of the rules."

Thornton was fined $1000, of which $500 was suspended for a year. Stewards considered all circumstances, including Thornton’s good record over a long period of time, before issuing the sanction.

Baster announced his retirement from the saddle a week before the incident and successfully farewelled racing with a winner aboard Gold Fields in the Group 3 Sandown Stakes (1500m) on November 16.