This just in from Down Under on the new whip rule in Oz: “The Australian Racing Board Chairman, Bob Bentley said it was clear both from the way in which jockeys had ridden in the five weeks since the new rules became effective, and the comments expressed at its meeting on Thursday, that the industry had achieved a fundamental change in its attitudes and practices.”
Mr. Bentley said: “It should not be forgotten that 10 months ago all of the groups who now say that padded whips are working well were vehemently opposed to them. It is a credit to the industry that it has come this far in such a short space of time. The incidents of breaches of the new rules is less than 1% and this is a[sic] incontrovertible evidence that the overwhelming majority of riders have adapted to them.”
Can the culture change here, as it has almost everywhere else, including Canada?
Click here to read the full story about Australia, published today.