Melbourne Cup winner Michael Rodd finds it ‘staggering’ Racing Victoria would use the early stages of the spring carnival to push their agenda of moving towards banning whips.
But the jockey who rode Efficient to claim the 2007 Melbourne Cup says he wants to learn more about the issue, especially seeing as owner Lloyd Williams is one of the key proponents of moving towards whip prohibition.
However he can’t understand the timing of Racing Victoria’s move to push to lobby the industry to further restrict whip use and ultimately ban whips in racing altogether.
“I just find it staggering they would do it now but I‘m open to seeing why it’s so important to do it,” Rodd told Racenet.
“Just because it’s flared back up again I’m really interested to see why it was so important to be done now, just before the (spring) carnival.
“I know what most of the participants think and the way we see it, having the whip regulation where it is now seems to be a happy spot.
“I thought we discussed it and it was off the table.
“Being a rider it is a tool that I need.”
Michael Rodd wins the 2007 Melbourne Cup on Efficient. Picture: News CorpSource:News Limited
Rodd returned from riding in Singapore earlier this year and has become used to Australia’s much stricter whip rules and penalties.
He says he hasn’t had a whip breach since returning.
Rodd has high respect for Williams, who owned Efficient, and certainly wants to know more about the call to move towards banning whips.
“I am interested in what the other side is,” Rodd said.
“I don’t hear of many people complaining about the whips but obviously there are people out there.
“Lloyd Williams and Nick Williams are big supporters of moving away from the whip and they are both two people that I respect.
“I’d like to hear their side – I just want to see both sides of the story
“Is the industry in trouble if the whips don’t go away?
“Are we going to lose money or are we going to lose punters?”
Originally published asMelbourne Cup winner ‘staggered’ over whip move
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