Otago Daily Times

Con­sul­ta­tion on whip rules

- STAFF REPORTER Horse Racing · Sports · New Zealand · France · Ireland · United Kingdom

NEW Zealand Thor­ough­bred Rac­ing is to be­gin con­sul­ta­tion on pos­si­ble changes to whip rules.

Changes made last year re­stricted use of the whip to no more than five times be­fore the fi­nal 100m and then to be used as the rider’s dis­cre­tion.

NZTR said in the long run whips were prob­a­bly go­ing to be banned but the de­bate was how long that would take and the process to get there.

The con­sul­ta­tion will close on Fe­bru­ary 12.

Other rac­ing ju­ris­dic­tions have al­ready im­posed more re­stric­tive whip use than New Zealand.

France has lim­ited whip use to just five times within a race, Ire­land eight times and the United King­dom seven.

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