Jamie Mott fired up on social media. Picture: AAP/Supplied by Racing Photos
Jamie Mott fired up on social media. Picture: AAP/Supplied by Racing Photos

‘Better than suspension’: Whip rule rears ugly head

THE whip rule was front and centre again last week, before a cavalcade of jockeys were either reprimanded or fined by stewards at Doomben on Saturday.

It started when Jamie Mott was fined $1500 by Racing Victoria stewards after a social media post where he said he would break the whip rule if the owners or trainer were prepared to pay the fine.

It followed a race he narrowly lost where rival jockey Regan Bayliss breached the rule and was fined $900, but kept the race.

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That led to leading owner Lloyd Williams reiterating his long held stance that the whip should be banned from racing all together.

He says a horse should be relegated if its jockey breaches the rule, but the need to count strikes before correct weight disappears if the whip is not permitted in the first place.

Mark Zahra was given a seven-day suspension by stewards earlier this month for using the whip 12 times before the 100m mark.

On Saturday at Doomben, stewards deliberated for some time on whether Brad Stewart should be suspended for using the whip eight times prior to the 100m on fourth placed Outburst, given his poor record in relation to the rule.

Eventually, they handed him a $1500 fine.

Stewart argued he did not use the whip in the final 100m of the race.

He further said the rule is back to front (where you have unlimited use in the last 100m), because it is before the 100m point that you need to have your mount at full momentum and in his case, he is not a prolific user of the persuader in the last 100m.

Stewards also fined Jackson Murphy (10 times prior to 100m), Steph Lacy (9 times) and Justin Huxtable (6 times). Another six reprimands were issued throughout the day for whip breaches as well.

It continues to be one of the more poorly thought out rules in Australian racing.

After Queensland stewards upheld a whip protest at Caloundra, stewards in Australia have since point blank refused to overturn a result on the basis of the rule.

And given the image of the sport is the reason the rule was introduced, it just makes no sense to have unlimited use in the part of the race where it is most visible and audible.

If the whip continues to be allowed, the rule itself needs a considerable overhaul.

Jockey Brad Stewart. Picture: AAP/Supplied by Michael McInally, Racing Queensland
Jockey Brad Stewart. Picture: AAP/Supplied by Michael McInally, Racing Queensland


"It's better than a suspension." Brad Stewart saw some upside in the $1500 fine he was handed for a whip rule breach on Saturday night.


The passing of Graham Salisbury, aged 78. The accolades afforded Salisbury since Saturday underline the remarkable work he and Subzero did away from the racetrack. He will be remembered as one of racing's greatest ambassadors, bringing joy to thousands of people, while also showcasing the remarkable bond that can exist between equines and humans.


While Baylee Nothdurft took the spotlight with a Doomben treble, it was one of those days for Jimmy Orman. "That's four seconds!" Orman lamented heading back to the jockey room after Euro Belle played second fiddle to Nothdurft's Say Haya.


Say Haya, Race 7: Wins again based on her dominance against these.

Roman Aureus, Race 8: Measured up well.

Mishani Hustler, Race 9: Tough effort to stick on.


Stylish Saga, Race 6: Ran well again, but he's not helping himself dawdling out of the barriers.


Bring It Home Pop, Race 2: Again found market support, but again didn't offer much.


There wasn't a whole lot of betting fireworks from Doomben, but Ocean Addict didn't go unnoticed. She traded around the double figure mark most of the week, but trimmed up to $6.50 by jump time and found the necessary improvement the market said she would.

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