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Aust Racing Board Sets Whip Reform Timetable
The Australian Racing Board announced "fundamental changes are required to the current controls on whip use." These changes fall into 5 categories: type of whip used in Australian racing; new regulations "that tightly limit circumstances in which a whip may be used"; new regulations "that tightly limit the way in which a whip may be used"; higher penalties for improper use of the whip; & educating riders to conform to these new controls. New chairman Bob Bentley noted: "The Australian Racing Board will not tolerate abuse of horses & considers their welfare & the safety of the rider to be paramount. Our current rules are based on those objectives, but we are not satisfied they are as effective as they should be. We believe we need to make our controls on whip use much more prescriptive." The ARB also decided on a timetable "for settling the detail of the reform of controls on whip use & then implementing these changes" (including industry & public consultation):
- Consultation period: December 12-January 30.
- Report by ARB chief executive to Principal Racing Authorities: February 16.
- Adoption of amendments to Australian Rules Of Racing implementing new controls on use of whip: ARB meeting March 2009.