Otago Daily Times

Consultati­on on whip rules


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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