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Murrihy Confirms "No Change" On Whip Rule Penalties
Racing NSW chief steward Ray Murrihy "has stipulated there is no variation to the whip penalty guidelines after a meeting with the Australian Jockeys' Association yesterday," reported The Daily Telegraph. Murrihy & deputies Greg Rudolph & Mark Van Gestel met AJC chairman Ross Inglis, chief executive Paul Innes & general manager Des O'Keefe "to discuss the whip controversy that erupted after Michael Rodd was fine $2,000 for his winning ride on Faint Perfume" in the recent Vinery Stud Stakes. Murrihy confirmed: "Racing NSW stewards will continue to apply the guidelines with all the considerations that are given to penalty in respect to the severity of the offence, the record of the rider & the importance of the race. The meeting with the AJA was productive & we have suggested that we meet again after the (Sydney) carnival." Murrihy emphasised there was "no revision of the penalty structure" for jockeys who breached the whip rules & noted: "It is in everyone's interest to bed the rules in. The (Racing NSW) stewards will continue to address each instance on its own individual merits." Inglis said a "further meeting mid-year was likely & may involve all chairmen of stewards".