No-one says it openly, so I will.
There is a fundamental problem with the whip rule.
It is not the rule.
It is the people running the industry and the Stewards that they employ.
It is the secret they are all leeping.
Here it is.
For a horse to win a protest on whip grounds, the Stewards must find that the winner was advantaged by its rider’s rule breaching use of the whip.
But to admit that a horse was advantaged, it means that the authorities are conceding that hitting a racehorse with a whip makes it go faster, or longer. or both.
And that concession would blow the bullshit story that whips are only used for safety reasons straight out of the water.
In other words, it would prove everything that the Animal Activists have been saying, and for some reason the folk running racing won’t allow that.
Dinosaurs, that’s what they are.
Dangers to the longevity of the sport and to themselves.
These authorities around the nation have convinced themselves in their blinkered brains that admitting that the main purpose of the whip is to make a horse go harder will imperil the future of our sport.
In fact the opposite is true.
Denial of this self-evident truth will do more to harm racing than admitting the obvious ever will or could. It just destroys racing’s credibility, and blackens the integrity of tour great sport.
It doesn’t matter what I think or say though. The Principal Racing Authorities have united in their dishonestly deceitful stand on the winning advantages bestowed by flogging a horse to the finish, and now they’ve paid their money they are fixated on taking the ride.
I’ve been in and around racing my whole life, and I know as well as you do that beating the crap out of a horse is a huge advantage in a close finish. That’s why Ian Craig used to shout “Dittman’s lifted it over the line!”, and why Greg Hall was so widely sought after by the big money gambling owners like Packer and Lloyd Williams.
Look at the protest race in Adelaide today and tell me that the winning prospects of Classy Joe wasn’t advantaged by Jeff Maund giving it a caning.
By my rough count off the replay Maund hit the horse at least 13 strikes before the 100 metre mark, and struck it about 25 times in all. On top of that, he used the whip in consecutive strides for almost the entire last two hundred metres.
Both are flagrant and deliberate breaches of the rules.
Do you really think that the whacking French-Yankee bred stayer would have won that race without the stick treatment that Maund gave it? Not on your life. Yet just like their counterparts in NSW last week, the Stewards dismissed the protest.
This is bullshit.
Why bother pretending any more? All the authorities are doing is insulting everyone’s intelligence.
Here it is, laid plain.
If the whip was carried for safety purposes, then why have the 5 strikes to the 100 and unlimited thereafter rule? Why not just have a ‘use only in safety situation’ rule?
We all know the reason.
Either scrap the rule or enforce.
But whichever you go, just be bloody honest will you.