Racing Australia has slammed Racing Victoria’s handling of its plan to phase out whip use in races.
Racing Victoria unveiled its proposal to limit jockeys to using the whip no more than five to eight times in a race, a major reduction on the current rules.
RV announced it would push for a vote on its plan at November’s Racing Australia board meeting with the aim of the new rules coming into force on January 1, 2021.
But Racing Australia attacked RV’s decision to make its plan public.
“What is concerning is the breach of Board confidentiality,” a Racing Australia statement read.
“It is important that Racing Australia conducts a vigorous debate and won’t condone any breach of Board confidentiality.
“Open and robust discussion cannot be undermined by a breach of Board confidentiality.”
Racing Victoria is pushing for greater restrictions on whip use in races. Picture: Michael KleinSource:News Corp Australia
Racing Australia noted it has established a Riding Protocols Advisory Panel which will meet for the first time this month.
The panel was set up to advise Racing Australia on riding rules, including the use of the whip.
It will consider views from all principal racing authorities and other stakeholders before reporting to the Racing Australia Board.
The panel will provide an update to the RA board at the November 2020 meeting.
The board will subsequently work out a timeline for a decision on any change to the national whip rules.
Originally published asWar erupts over RV’s push to change whip rules
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