Soon-to-be-dad Brodie Loy might have been in the centre of a stewards' storm about what he argues is unpaid overtime and superannuation, but he left Canterbury a little more out of pocket after being fined for an "unnecessary" celebration on Saturday.
Having butted heads with master David Pfieffer during the week – after the Warwick Farm trainer tried to stand down his apprentice from his weekend rides after missing work earlier in the week – the 19-year-old produced a fist pump a stride before the post when Rose Of Man sailed to victory in the country-only race.
Chief steward Ray Murrihy was quick to haul in Loy, describing the celebration as "unnecessary" after Terry Robinson's Rose Of Man cruised to a one-and-a-half length win from Gunnaza. The rider agreed.
Before fining Loy $200, Murrihy said: "Who do you think needs the money more, us or you?"
There is probably only one answer to that question with Loy ending a tortured week on a brighter note as he embarks on yet another search for a new boss.
"Ability wise I think I've got the knack to stay in Sydney," Loy said. "I wouldn't say I'm one of the better apprentices, but my ability has got me in Sydney and now I have to get that mental strength.
"It's a fine line wrestling a mortgage, having a kid on the way, riding every morning ... four years ago I was leaving school and I didn't know what tax was and you can't prepare yourself for it."
Stewards have granted Loy permission to apply for a new master by the end of the week once administrative matters between the rider and Pfieffer are settled.
In the meantime, Loy, who was once rated high enough to be lured to Godolphin for a short spell, expects to return to his old stomping ground of Albury to mull over his options.
"People say I've had seven masters, but I've had seven different experiences and I've learnt a lot from each trainer," he said.
"Each move has been to better my career and not go backwards. You can stay with a master for four years and you probably learn the same thing, but I've switched around and made contacts in Melbourne and contacts in different states.
"I'm happy where I am at the moment, but I need to get more mentally stronger to get these things together as one. Most apprentices either live with their family or live in the stables and don't have a partner or baby on the way. I've got a lot to juggle, but I've got to put it upon myself to do it.
"I could have missed out on all these rides today and I'm just glad to get out there and prove a few people wrong. I know I can do it."
Apprentices were always going to have a field day at Canterbury, given their strength in numbers, but none shone brighter than James Innes jnr after a winning treble.
Innes jnr led from barrier to box on Bjorn Baker's Mr Steal in the fifth before arriving with a well-timed run on another Warwick Farm product, Craig Ritchie's Mana, in the sixth and capped off his day with victory on Esgrimidor.
"That's my first Saturday double let alone treble," Innes jnr said. "It's probably a good time of year to poke my head in town and have a crack when the big boys are away. Head down bum up and I'll keep the winners rolling in."