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Rosehill Whip Furore 3: Same "Over Next 3 Saturdays"

Tuesday, 6th April 2010

Stewards & jockeys remain on a collision course over the stiff penalties for excessive whip use in NSW" chief steward Ray Murrihy & his panel "determined to maintain their hardline regarding transgressions of the whip rules over the next 3 Saturdays," reported The Australian. Murrihy told the newspaper "an appropriate deterrent had to be handed down to any jockey breaching the rules that came into effect this season" & Michael Rodd was "guilty as charged" in his winning ride aboard Faint Perfume. Murrihy emphasised: "We are not there to re-argue the whip rules & there is absolutely no contest that he (Rodd) has breached the whip rules. They (jockeys) want lesser penalties & the difficulty of that is you have situations like the Australian Cup, where you get the owners of the 2nd place-getter, quite properly, disgruntled because they played within the rules & someone else doesn't. Here we line up at another Gr1 with someone, for the 6th time, not adhering to the rules & there has got to be an appropriate penalty, an appropriate deterrent. If not, what message do you send for the remainder of the AJC carnival." Murrihy stressed "all riders were warned they would not be getting off lightly if they flouted the rules in a major race" & noted: "Michael Rodd takes home $12,000 as his percentage & we told every jockey that the penalties here would not be a slap on the wrist if they did not adhere to the whip rules. In all other races, there wasn't an incident."

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