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Duffy Panel To Review Whip Penalties Today
A panel chaired by Michael Duffy will meet in Melbourne today to review penalties imposed for breaches of the new whip rules. The review follows last week's compromise between the Australian Racing Board & Australian Jockeys Association, which agreed Duffy's panel would address "the integrity concerns that have been aired among industry stake-holders where use of the whip in a close finish raises issues of either unfair advantage or non-performance". ARB chairman Bob Bentley noted: "The Board believes it is extremely important that all relevant industry stake-holders, in particular owners, trainers, punters & breeders, are fully consulted on these concerns. To this end Michael Duffy's panel will receive 1st-hand the views of representatives of industry stake-holder groups & their suggestions on potential means of addressing these matters." The date of implementation of the changes concerning the use of the whip in the last 100m "has been provisionally set for Saturday September 26, with the date of effect to be ultimately determined in light of the results of the work of the integrity panel".