Payne backs whip changes
Michelle Payne yesterday added her support to calls for changes to the whip rule saying she
believes that forehand strikes to be outlawed.
“I think it is something that needs to change,” Payne told RSN927’s Racing Pulse on Friday.
“I think it is changing for the better but it still needs to continue to change. You definitely
don’t want to lose the use of the whip because it is definitely there for an aid as well as an
encouragement. Maybe take out the forward (hit) and just have backhand only because it
does look a lot more harsh on the horse when you use the forehand.”
Payne, who won the Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) in 2015 on Prince
Of Penzance (Pentire) believes such changes would improve the sport as a whole. “If they
did restrict the use of the whip, it would just make better riders than what we have rather
than just going for the whip for everything,” she said. “It will be a new era and I think we will
be much better for it.” Payne was responding to calls from fellow rider Chris Symons that
public perception of the whip was damaging the industry.