Horse Racing

Australia: Jockey Banned For Possession Of Electrical Device Convicted, Fined $5,000


Electrical devices like this one used to stimulate horses are prohibited in racing

Australian jockey Ric McMahon, suspended indefinitely alongside trainer Todd Austin after a morning trackwork photo emerged showing the rider carrying an electrical shock device, has been fined $5,000 after being convicted in Mount Isa Magistrates Court on Monday afternoon.

McMahon pled guilty to one count of possessing a prohibited thing at a licensed venue, according to

The image was captured at Birdville Racetrack in Queensland on Aug. 30, 2022, by Sharon Chapman, leading Queensland Racing Integrity Commission stewards to immediately suspend both McMahon and Austin.

A QRIC inquiry remains ongoing.

According to, McMahon spent three years atop the apprentice jockey standings in Brisbane from 2006-2008. However, this isn’t the first time McMahon has been in hot water with the QRIC: he was banned six months for a drug offense (methamphetamine) in 2015, and in 2020 McMahon was suspended 15 months after DNA proved he tampered with a urine sample.


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