Use of the Whip Regulation



At the 2017 Annual Conference, the following Rule change was approved:

“869    (2)    No horseman shall during any race use a whip in a manner in contravention of the Use of the Whip Regulations made by the Board.”

Accordingly, at its meeting on 13 November the HRNZ Board approved the Use of the Whip Regulation in line with this Rule. This Regulation has been developed in conjunction with the RIU, Trainers & Drivers Association and JCA. It essentially encapsulates the details of the previous guidelines and policy in relation to the use of the whip, together with all aspects pertaining to the whip that were spread elsewhere within the Rules.

It is stressed that the current details in substance are unchanged and encapsulated into this new Regulation. To provide clarity on the RIU’s interpretation as to what constitutes acceptable whip use, following is a link to a video developed with Trackside to assist drivers in this regard.

Whip Rule Video

HRNZ has also reviewed with the parties above the JCA penalty guide regarding whip breaches. Outlined in the right hand column of the regulation is the minimum starting point for first offences the JCA will apply in considering penalties. The key change here is the introduction of a sliding scale of penalties for breach of the ten strike requirement based on the number of strikes made. This provides for greater differentiation based on individual circumstances of breaches than is currently the case.

The Use of the Whip Regulation and amended Penalty Guide come into effect from 30 November 2017.

Use of the Whip Regulations - with Penalty Guide


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