Controversial jockey Danny Nikolic's career is in tatters after he copped a two-year disqualification from the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board today.
Nikolic was disqualified for two years for improper conduct and one year for conduct prejudicial to the image, welfare and interest of racing after he threatened chief steward Terry Bailey at the Seymour race meeting on September 4.
The two disqualifications are to be served concurrently and Nikolic has 28 days to lodge an appeal.
Nikolic displayed a blatant disrespect and contempt for authority and could offer nothing in mitigation of the threat he made to Bailey, a tribunal heard.
Nikolic's behaviour in the incident was also capable of having a "corrosive" effect on the administration of racing and the natural order of the racing industry would be compromised if he was not penalised heavily.
Lawyer Sandip Mukerjee, for the Racing Victoria stewards, told the board the embattled jockey had a history of confrontation with stewards, particularly with Bailey.
"There is a natural order in the racing industry and the stewards are the custodians of that order and of the integrity of racing," Mukerjee said.
"If that order is compromised or eroded ..... the law of the jungle would prevail."
The RAD Board, headed by Judge Brian Forrest, found Nikolic guilty last month of two charges relating to a threat he made to Bailey at the Seymour race meeting in which he said: "We all have families c*** and we know where yours lives c***."
Mukerjee said Nikolic's behaviour came at the most serious end of the serious conduct that is referred to in the rule under which he was charged.
"The threat was delivered in the absence of witnesses so as to have the maximum impact," he said.
He said at an inquiry into Nikolic's earlier behaviour at Seymour, the jockey had issued an implied threat and been "defiant, almost sarcastic" when he placed his feet on the stewards' room table while being questioned.
Mukerjee said any penalty imposed on Nikolic needed to reflect the "complete and utter lack of remorse or contrition" Nikolic had shown.
"Ultimately, if he makes his bed, he has to lie in it," he said.
Nikolic's lawyer Sandy Robertson called on the Board to give Nikolic a chance to salvage his career by imposing a suspended sentence.
"It is open to the Board to take a chance with this man, to be compassionate," Robertson said.
"He may grab an opportunity like that with both hands.
The Board is due to deliver Nikolic's sentence later on Tuesday.