Payne’s fine for tweet
TURF darling Michelle Payne has been fined $300 after stewards found her guilty of misconduct for criticising the state of the Flemington track in a series of tweets.
Payne had tweeted she was likely to scratch three-year-old filly Sweet Rockette because the track was too firm as a result of the rain not arriving and the course not being irrigated a day earlier because of the weather forecast.
Her tweet concluded with: “And cop another fine for looking after my horse. Absolute bulls--t!”
On arriving at the course, Payne walked the track and decided to run Sweet Rockette, which finished fourth. She said the decision to run was borderline and after the race said it was still “a little too firm”.
On handing down the penalty, chief steward Robert Cram told Payne to think before she jotted anything down. Were she charged again, the penalty would be greater, he warned. “You’ve got form in this area,” he told her.
Earlier during the inquiry Cram had told Payne that her tweet was rude and insolent.
Payne said she felt she had to respond as she was frustrated to find the track hadn’t been watered. Payne apologised for the tweet.