Gunsynd Classic Identifies Solid Job Opportunities for Whip Counters
Last year’s supposed whip rule was intended to prevent this sort of thing, but when a rule becomes, as Pirates of the Caribbean character Captain Barbosa might have said, “It’s not an actual rule as such, it’s more of a guideline,” are we to conclude that there is no actual enforcement of the whip rule and no one to do the counting?
The Group 3 Gunsynd Classic at Eagle Farm Saturday past was won by jockey Tiffani Brooker on Dreams Aplenty, but was subsequently found to have used the stick on the horse 17 more times than permitted before the final 100 m of the race.
Being open-minded sorts, we might overlook one, or possibly two strikes outside the limit, but 17?
Victorian trainer Brent Stanley, who saw his horse Violate nosed for the win and expressed extreme displeasure over the fact that enforcement of the whip rule in the Gunsynd Classic, and seemingly in other races is the implication here, as well, makes a mockery of the entire rulebook.
It could be a case that redheaded stepchild Queensland racing does not have the resources, as do the courses in southern states, to pay someone to count whip strikes.
Obviously, jockeys have too much going on around them, so the suggestion that Violate jockey Larry Cassidy should have been monitoring Brooker’s use of the crop is simply ludicrous.
Perhaps equipping crops with a Wi-Fi transmitter to record whip strikes would be a simple solution, but that would put the strike counters in the southern states out of a job, wouldn’t it?