South African jockey earns stewards' ire for verbally abusing Ferraris and improper use of the whip on Cash Baby The disappointing start to Robbie Fradd's 2004-05 season became even more expensive at Happy Valley last night when the former premier rider was fined a total of $50,000 for separate incidents. The South African champion was charged with what stewards deemed 'offensive and abusive comments' to fellow countryman David Ferraris after Every Time had stormed home to win the ninth event under Glyn Schofield. Although stewards declined the opportunity to report Fradd's precise words, it's understood Fradd lashed out with the obscenities after Every Time, which had been a regular mount of his, hit the line in front of Taking the Lead (Olivier Doleuze) and the unlucky Engineering Wonder (Gerald Mosse). The outburst apparently occurred within earshot of a steward, who then brought the issue before the full panel and Fradd was said to have been unapologetic, confirming he had said what was reported and that the person targeted was Ferraris. Stewards burned the midnight oil before charging Fradd and finding him $30,000. He was also charged with an inappropriate use of the whip on the intractable Cash Baby in the sixth event and fined $20,000 for that offence. Fradd later explained that Cash Baby was 'an impossible horse to ride' and that it was 'all I could to keep it from running to the outside fence'. However, stewards said Fradd had hit Cash Baby, with the whip, in the vicinity of the head and veterinary surgeons reported the gelding had sustained an injury to the eye. In other news from the stewards room, Frenchman Yann Lerner was fined $20,000 for failing to ride Elephant Dance out fully to the line in the eighth event, won by Cosmo Success. Elephant Dance finished fifth and was in a photo finish for fourth. They also adjourned two inquiries into separate pieces of interference on the eight-event programme. The first occurred in Race Six, where the David Hill-trained Cherished was checked near the 200 metres, and the focus of the inquiry will be the riding of Olivier Doleuze on Step Forward. The second adjournment stemmed from the final event, in which Shane Dye steered Dynamic Fun to an all-the-way win from Healthy Wealthy (Wendyll Woods). Woods is the central figure in an inquiry into interference sustained by veteran galloper Red Pepper at the turn out of the straight with a lap to travel. Although the adjournments may have been necessary because of the lateness of the hour (after midnight), it will have the secondary benefit of delaying any resulting suspensions by at least one meeting and therefore not exacerbating the current shallowness of the jockey ranks due to a spate of careless riding infringements. Australian jockey Brett Prebble drew high praise from trainer Dennis Yip Chor-hong after successfully taking over from suspended Douglas Whyte to win in the night's feature event, the $1 million Tung Wah Centenary Challenge Cup, on Cosmo Success. Yip, last season's leading trainer at the city venue, is a measured individual who does not dish out compliments readily, but gave his substitute jockey top marks after he helped Cosmo Success land a substantial late betting plunge and his sixth Happy Valley win. 'This horse was very unlucky last start and was caught wide,' Yip explained. 'Tonight, he was drawn a bit wide again but Brett Prebble give him a very pretty ride. He was just behind midfield but he kept him with cover until turning for home and brought him down the centre with a very well-timed run.' Prebble said he was delighted to kick start a new association with one of Hong Kong's most promising trainers. 'That was my first winner for Dennis and I hope it's the start of a good relationship,' he said. 'He feels like a good horse, he certainly quickened up nicely for me in the last 200m.' Dwayne Dunn and Tony Millard continued their super run of success, completing a double with longshot Romantic Symphony ($337) and all-the-way Race Five winner Chariot of Wei Hai ($117.50). The double gave the pair their fourth success over the last two meetings, and eight-year-old Romantic Symphony's return to form provided Dunn with his 100th Hong Kong winner.