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ARB-Jockeys "Whip Rule" Talks Continue Today
In Australia, a settlement between jockeys & racing authorities "over the controversial whip rules is a step closer following a crisis meeting" in Melbourne yesterday between riders' representatives & Australian Racing Board chairman Bob Bentley & chief executive Andrew Harding, reported The Herald-Sun. The Australian Jockeys' Association released a statement last night confirming "talks will recommence" today, "after both parties go back & consult with their constituents." AJA general manager Des O'Keeffe described yesterday's meeting as "productive & goodwill was expressed on both sides". ARB representative Harding commented: "This was about starting the talks & there is hope of a compromise." And Victorian jockeys representative Ross Inglis added: "We haven't reached an agreement, but we have made progress."