Moodley's Double Crop Strike

POSTED ON  |  20-07-2019

Whip use
KZN jockey Serino Moodley is the latest crop offender in terms of the twelve strike rule to receive a new level fine. Moodley signed an admission of guilt for a contravention of Rule 58.10.2, as he used his crop more than 12 times when riding Red Herring in the final race at Greyville on Wednesday. He was fined R2500 – which seems to be the highest amount levied since the rule was implemented in May.

In determining the penalty, the board considered Moodley’s recent record – he had committed the same offence in the previous race – as well as the manner in which the crop was used. The whip / crop policies implemented by racing jurisdictions was given some interesting thoughts by UK trainer Mark Johnston in an interview with the Racing Post recently.

The most prolific trainer in the history of British racing has claimed that removal of the whip would threaten the very existence of the sport. He believes the whip is an integral part of racing and any attempts to phase it out could have catastrophic consequences. The whip debate has raged on in recent days following Charlie Fellowes’ suggestion his first Royal Ascot winner, Thanks Be, should have been thrown out due to jockey Hayley Turner’s overuse of the whip, with other trainers Sir Mark Prescott and Donald McCain backing a stance that use above the permitted level should result in disqualification.

There have been subsequent calls in some quarters to go even further and ban the whip altogether, with those of the opinion drastic action is required to improve the public’s perception of racing in welfare terms. However in a passionate response, Johnston said: “There are people who object to us using the whip but when we stop using the whip the next thing will be jump racing and the next thing after that will be racing altogether. “I think it is wrong because I think you need a whip to ride horses. I get extremely upset by jockeys, usually apprentices, who think the whip is for steering. The reins are for steering, so nearly all safety and correction is with the reins, not with the whip. The whip is not there for safety and correction.

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