An owner of Melbourne Cup winner Verry Elleegant has been fined $10,000 for jumping a fence in celebration of Tuesday's victory, in a breach of Flemington's COVID-19 rules.
Prominent Melbourne businessman Brae Sokolski hopped the mounting yard fence to meet Verry Elleegant and jockey James McDonald after the mare streaked to a comfortable win in the $8 million race.
Under Racing Victoria and Victoria Racing Club coronavirus protocols, the area is strictly reserved for jockeys, trainers, media and other race day officials.
He also wasn't wearing a face mask, required under mounting yard rules.
Mr Sokolski was interviewed by Racing Victoria stewards on Thursday and pleaded guilty, reducing the severity of his sentence.
"Stewards heard submissions on penalty from Mr Sokolski and after doing so took into consideration his guilty plea, his candid evidence, his unblemished record over a long period of time and that he expressed remorse," Racing Victoria said in a statement.
"The stewards also took into consideration the nature of the offending, the potential ramifications that could flow from a breach of Racing Victoria's COVID-19 protocols, and that the penalty must be sufficient enough to deter others from breaching the COVID-19 protocols.
"Taking into account the above considerations, the stewards determined that Mr Sokolski be issued a fine of $10,000."
Mr Sokolski said it was an "impetuous decision" to jump the fence and the emotion of the moment "got the better" of him.
"It certainly wasn't premeditated and I am very apologetic," he told SEN radio before speaking to stewards.
"There is no excuse for that and those protocols are in place for good reason."
Mr Sokolski part owns Verry Elleegant and second placegetter Incentivise with Ozzie and Victor Kheir and John O'Neill.
The 10-time Group One winner has been a mainstay of Mr Sokolski's thoroughbred team since arriving from New Zealand in 2018, and was transferred to Sydney trainer Chris Waller's stable after Darren Weir was disqualified in early 2019.