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Chief Steward Says Vic Carnival Will Test New Whip Rules
Racing Victoria chief steward Terry Bailey "believes the introduction of padded whips & restricted use of them (which comes into force on Saturday at Caulfield) will face its greatest test at this year's Melbourne Spring carnival," reported The Age newspaper. From Saturday, jockeys must carry padded whips & "are limited to 3 consecutive strokes of the whip in the final 200m". While Bailey maintains jockeys "are prepared enough" for the meeting at Caulfield, he is "concerned the new rules will be tested when the higher-profile races begin in late September" & noted: "I think bread-and-butter race meetings in winter will be okay; in fact, I've been impressed in the last month how jockeys on the whole have adapted to the changes. It's a cultural change & I was worried 2 or 3 months ago that the August 1 deadline wouldn't be met. I'm confident now jockeys will be able to adapt, but when the bigger prize-money comes along in the Spring, that could be a different story altogether. They must remember that the rules have changed & if they breach those rules they could lose part or all of their riding percentage, which in the spring is a large amount of money."