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Waterhouse Slams RSPCA Over Whip Study

Tuesday, 1st February 2011

In Australia, leading bookmaker Robbie Waterhouse declared last week’s RSPCA-funded study on the effect of whips in racing “should be treated with contempt”, reported racenet.com.au. Waterhouse has written a damning analysis of the study, highlighting its “faux-statistical nature” & declaring: “I cringe to think of a statistical study using only 48 horses. To me, nothing less than 20,000 runners is appropriate.” He also emphasises: “To 'discover' that horses near the lead at the 400m & 200m do better is puerile & obvious. They’d get an ever better (statistical) fit if they tried 100m or 50m or 10m or, come to think of it, 1cm positions! What deliberate rubbish!” And he notes the study’s fundamental “misunderstanding of the primary purpose of whips: At the end of their races, most horses tire and 'shorten' stride. The jockey’s job is to encourage the horse to keep going, rather than to make him go faster.” To read Waterhouse’s full analysis, click on the link to “Robbie Waterhouse Whips The RSPCA” in The Great Debate panel on the right-hand-side of this page.

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