NSW Trainers’ Association (NSWTA) advocate for changes to Australia’s whip rules

 NSW Trainers’ Association (NSWTA) advocate for changes to Australia’s whip rules

Flat riders in Australia are permitted to use the whip five times before the 100-metre mark with unlimited usage thereafter. In instances where riders strike their mounts more than five times before the 100-metre mark, totality of their whip use for the duration of the race is considered before stewards determine whether to sanction riders.

The NSWTA wish to remove the ability of jockeys to use the whip unrestricted over the final 100 metres with the number of strikes per race capped between five and seven, akin to European racing jurisdictions.

Flat riders in Britain are allowed to use the whip seven times per race whilst in France and Germany the limit is five. No numerical limit is imposed in Ireland while the whip is outlawed in Norway due to government welfare legislation.