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Vic Steward Plans Excessive Whip Crackdown
Victoria's chief steward Terry Bailey has "signalled his intent to push for a restriction on the use of whips in racing, while putting top jockey Craig Newitt on notice for his vigorous style," reported The Australian newspaper. Bailey said the laws relating to excessive whip use "needed to be clearer following criticism of Newitt's style when piloting Pre Eminence to victory in the Norman Robinson Stakes at Caulfield last Saturday". Newitt whipped Pre Eminence (which won by more than 2-lengths) "at least 25 times from just beyond the 200m mark, but was not criticised nor sanctioned for the ride because it did not contravene current racing rules". But Bailey (a "trail-blazer in the restriction of whip use when chief steward at Harness Racing Victoria") confirmed he "planned to speak to Newitt about his style" noting: "The rules say that you can't whip a horse to excess. Well I think the stewards have to define, whether to C.Newitt or anyone else, where the line in the sand is in regards to acceptable whip use. It is a concern & I plan to have a chat to Craig in terms of giving him an indication as to where that line is & we will go from there."