Jockeys Call for Changes to 'Unfair' Whip Rules; Proposal Put Forward to Lift Riding Restrictions

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Byline: GLEN McCULLOUGH glenm @thechronicle.com.au

LONG-time Toowoomba jockey Michael Dorrington believes officials must listen to the universal demands of racing participants and review controversial new whip riding laws he says are damaging the industry.

"They are not working," Dorrington said yesterday.

Dorrington's call comes as two of the nation's leading jockeys prepare to meet with Australian Racing Board (ARB) officials today asking for the laws to be amended.

Damien Oliver and Corey Brown will be accompanied by former federal agriculture minister Peter McGauran when they make their submission on behalf of industry members at the board's Sydney office.

The industry has been bogged down in controversy and confusion surrounding the laws since they were introduced on August 1 following heavy lobbying of the ARB by animal rights representatives.

The new rule allows a jockey to hit a horse only three times in a row over the final 200 metres, and not in consecutive strides.

Brown is facing a lengthy suspension for already breaking the rules four times while Dorrington also paid dearly at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday when he was charged by stewards over his use of the new padded whip. …