Racing Victoria CEO: research shows public backing for whip changes
Racing Victoria chief executive Giles Thompson has said public support for whip reform and the need to keep the Victorian government onside are behind Racing Victoria’s plan to reduce whip use in races. Racing Victoria and Racing New South Wales are at loggerheads over Racing Victoria’s plans. Thompson said that Racing Victoria has evidence that the whip is seen as a problem by the wider community, as well those that engage with the sport.
He said Racing Victoria’s research showed that customers are not in favour of whips being used and would be happy for the whip to be removed completely. The sport in Victoria currently has support from the incumbent Labour government and the Liberal opposition but Thompson noted that Racing Victoria’s strategy included looking ahead at how voter views might filter into government policies.