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Stewards Probe Scriven's Mid-Race "Whip Theft"
Jockey Shane Scriven's "brain snap" at Ipswich "is likely to have serious consequences when he faces a stewards' inquiry into snatching another jockey's whip in the final 100m of a race" reported The Herald-Sun. Scriven (Brisbane's premier jockey in the 2008-09 season) "could face an improper-riding or improper-practice charge" after snatching the whip from apprentice Ben Looker "after he had his own whip knocked from his hand inside the final 100m". Scriven used Looker's whip as his horse Requested finished 2nd, with Looker's mount Toronto Dancer a head away 3rd. About 50m past the post, Scriven handed the whip back to Looker, who "did not lodge a protest & nor did stewards. It's believed Looker was so stunned by what had happened that protesting did not enter his mind." Scriven subsequently told The Courier-Mail it was a "spur of the moment" decision which he regretted & declared: "I don't know what I can say." Stewards esteblished Looker had accidentally knocked Scriven's whip from his hand in the run to the line & Scriven had then "grabbed Looker's whip & ridden his horse vigorously to the finishing post". Racing Queensland chief steward Wade Birch said he expected the inquiry "to be finalised by the end of the week".