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WA Jockeys' Association Critical Of New Whip Rules

Friday, 31st July 2015

WA Jockeys' Association president Craig Staples says he is disappointed that the new national whip rules announced by Racing Australia on Tuesday were introduced without proper consultation, reports the West Australian. Riders in West Australia will be the first in the country to face the new whip regulations which come into force from 1st December - just four days before the $1 million Gr1 Kingston Town Classic. Racing Australia chief executive Peter McGauran says the new whip rules, which limit the number of forehand or backhand whip strikes to five for the final 100 metres of a race, have the support of all Australian racing jurisdictions. However, Staples said the rule was introduced too hastily and that the number of offending riders was very small. "The AJA's meeting with Mr McGauran believed RA was cracking down on the use of the whip but nothing along the lines of a rule change," Staples said. "This is going to put a lot of pressure on the stewards, who already have a lot to do. For WA riders it comes on top of the carnival where there is already a lot of pressure." He added: "The number of jockeys bending the rules is very small. If you get a wayward horse and give it a couple in the backhand out of the gates you have three left until the 100m. The whip is a tool the same as the hands and feet of a jockey to communicate to the horse."

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