THE persuasive powers of Hall of Fame trainer Bart Cummings are what ultimately gained him a 12th Melbourne Cup victory at Flemington on Tuesday but it was more than a year ago that the race-winning decision was made. "[Owner Dato Tan Chin Nam] has a son that is living in Hong Kong, and at one stage he was going to give him a horse to race over there," Cummings said yesterday. "The racing manager picked out Viewed as the one but I said I didn’t like the sound of that too much. Equine influenza came about, and I talked them out of that idea. I’m glad I did and I bet they are too now." Cummings said the celebrations that followed the Cup win were "very good". "Chin Nam opened his purse and looked after about 45 of us," he said. "Reg Fleming [Melbourne foreman] and Joe Agresta [trackwork rider] were very happy and the owners of Moatize, my other horse in the Cup that finished sixth, came out too." Cummings said Viewed "pulled up good with no problems" and added, "He’ll be better this time next year, I hope." Shinn whipped into shape Blake Shinn’s aggressive use of the whip on Viewed was not lost on Racing Victoria stewards. Whip use by jockeys on thoroughbreds has created plenty of headlines in recent times, with Victorian rider Craig Newitt already spoken to by stewards down south. Following the Melbourne Cup victory, Shinn had several on-course engagements. The 21-year-old was the last rider to shower at Flemington with the three Irish kamikazes, Johnny Murtagh, Colm O’Donoghue and Wayne Lordan the only jockeys left when Shinn eventually left for the celebration dinner. As is customary for jockeys, Shinn popped his head in the stewards’ room to see if he had been given the all clear. He emerged a short time later and off he went. Stewards advised Shinn that the amount of whip use on Viewed "had come under notice and that whilst there are a raft of changes to the whip rules currently under review, it would be in his best interests to modify his whip use by not hitting a horse every stride". Punter strikes paydirt One lucky NSW TAB punter boxed the Melbourne Cup First 4 and struck the lottery. The punter took Viewed, Bauer, C’est La Guerre and Master O’Reilly in a $10 flexi bet and received 41.6 per cent of the dividend which was $407,215.40. That amounted to a $169,673.10 payday. Hoystar ready to roll Rosehill trainer Chris Waller will be at Flemington today where he hopes the Ingham family horse Hoystar can make an impact. Waller also has Doncaster Handicap winner Triple Honour based at Flemington where he is being prepared for Saturday’s group 1 Patinack Farm Classic. Danny Nikolic will ride Hoystar in today’s Service Stream Sprint. "If the real Hoystar shows up then he can win tomorrow," Waller said yesterday. He added Triple Honour was primed for Saturday after a solid jump-out win up the straight at Flemington last week. Vale Ken Jones Golden Slipper-winning owner Ken Jones has passed away in his North Carolina home. The 90-year-old World War II veteran died in his sleep. Jones, who owned and bred hundreds of horses, won five group one races in Australia, the most notable being the 1999 Golden Slipper with Catbird. Jones made his fortune as a businessman in Guam and rose to prominence in Australia when he rescued the Bart Cummings thoroughbred yearling fire sale from disaster in 1989 by buying 10 lots for $1.9 million. Stewart takes five Jockey Brad Stewart had a weekend he’d rather forget after Racing NSW stewards outed him for five weeks for failing to take all reasonable and permissible measures to obtain the best possible placing on Equable at Rosehill on Saturday. Stewards said Stewart, "for the first 300 metres when the pace of the race was slow, continually restrained Equable back to a point some five lengths off the leader". This was found to be in contrast with the instructions of trainer Gerald Ryan, who wanted the horse to be ridden in a forward position. Stewart can resume riding on December 14.

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