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Whip issue to be discussed on Racing Ahead

06:32 AM 12 Dec 2016 NZDT
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HRV Chairman Dale Monteith
HRV Chairman Dale Monteith will join Racing Ahead on Wednesday morning to discuss the whip decision at the weekend.

Harness Racing Victoria Chairman Dale Monteith will join RSN Racing Ahead host Michael Felgate on Wednesday morning live from 9am.

Trainer/driver Lance Justice (president of the Victorian Trainers and Drivers Association) will also join the panel live in the studio to discuss Harness Racing Australia’s decision to ban the whip as a tool to make horses run faster from September 1, 2017.

HRV today refuted ill-informed media reports that suggested the harness racing industry had no whip restrictions in place and tried to compare stock whips, such as those used in the cattle industry, to modern harness racing whips.

Both of these remarks are completely misleading.

Modern day harness whips are nothing like stock whips and the harness racing industry places strict restrictions on the use of the whip.

Rule 156 (1) (a) of the Australian Harness Racing Rules states a driver shall only use a whip of a design and specification approved by the controlling body.

Further, over 20 restrictions are placed on whip use as an extension of that rule.

In Victoria these rules are strictly policed by stewards, who do not issue cautions or reprimands, but rather impose mandatory penalties starting at a fine for first offence ($200), doubled for a second offence ($400) and becomes a two-week suspension of licence for a third offence.

HRV has committed to working closely with its trainers and drivers to ensure a smooth and safe transition to no-whip racing from September 1, 2017.

Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)

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