Jockeys get no benefit from using a whip in horse racing, landmark study finds

By: Calla Wahlquist Friday 30 October 2020

The findings come as Racing Victoria leads a push for Australia to limit how many times a rider can whip their horse during a race

There is no benefit to jockeys using a whip in horse racing, according to a world-first study that found there was no difference in race times and rider safety between races where whipping is permitted and apprentice races that ban the use of whips.

The study is a boon to Racing Victoria, which is calling for whips to be phased out. It is seeking a vote at Racing Australia next month to introduce new rules that, if adopted, would limit the number of times a rider was allowed to whip their horse per race.

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