JOCKEY Jason Maskiell may have created history at Spreyton yesterday when he refused to continue riding due to the lack of stewards' patrol films.
Maskiell pulled the pin after the second race, informing stewards that he was standing down from his last six rides on the program.
Chief steward Anthony O'Connell said that Maskiell cited ``an unsafe working environment'' as the reason for his decision.
``He told us that he was not prepared to ride at a meeting where there were no patrol films, as stewards were unable to monitor the races in their normal manner,'' O'Connell said.
``He believed that, without patrol films, stewards could not counsel jockeys when required _ for example, if they were riding too tight.
``He had a point to some extent and we couldn't force him to continue riding.''
O'Connell said that the only patrol film available to stewards was the head-on shot.
Maskiell had earlier asked to view all patrol films _ with a view to protesting _ after finishing third on Briefly Yours in the first race.
He was told that was not possible due to a problem.
O'Connell said that patrol films had been taken as usual, but stewards could not access them, possibly due to a problem with the optic cable.
``We will be able to access them at a later date to review all races,'' he said.