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Rosehill Whip Furore 7: V'landys Backs Murrihy

Tuesday, 6th April 2010

Meanwhile Racing NSW chief executive Peter V'landys has "vigorously defended chief steward Ray Murrihy & accused interstate racing bodies of hypocrisy for failing to adhere to the new whip riding rules," reported The Daily Telegraph this morning. Asked to comment on the comments from Bart Cummings, V'landys "went straight on to the front foot" & retorted: "There is no stronger supporter of Bart Cummings than me but, on this occasion, he was out of line. This is an issue that must be robustly debated, but it should not become personal." V'landys added people should not comment "unless they are totally au fait with the all the facts. First & foremost it was Racing NSW & its participants that pushed for a more balanced approach in the whip reform issue & particularly to amend the ridiculous rule where jockeys could not use the whip more than 7 times in the last 100m. We were able to convince the other states to compromise & allow unlimited use in the last 100m. It was then agreed to allow for only 5 forehand hits with the whip before the last 100m of a race & the jockeys also signed off on this. Don't blame Ray Murrihy for simply implementing the rules." V'landys emphasised all the states "pushed hard for whip reform" but most were not implementing the rules & summed up: "Everyone signed off on the new template of rules, the controlling bodies of each state, the jockeys & the Australian Jockeys Association. So it is hypocrisy at best for the other states who wanted extreme whip reform not to implement the rules."

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