Surely with these whip rules there’s got to be cases when it’s possible jockeys haven’t tried hard enough. Silvestre De Sousa on Zoomraa looked a possible for the question to be asked after he used his whip only once in the final furlong, when it was quite possible he would have won with more effort.
There also appeared to be a handful of jockeys in the L 5.10 who appeared to just give up for the places when they couldn’t win.
Will stewards still be keeping on top of this or will they not be bothering any more with these new whip rules, could end up being a cheats charter if they don’t.
The tally of interference cases is the interesting one, I suppose. The interest will lie in whether seven is an abnormally high figure (even allowing for the huge number of runners today at Newcastle, where they all took place), and if so whether it hints at;
– newly over-zealous stewarding in light of recent developments,
– errant behaviour no longer containable by expedient of whip cracks,
– neither of the above.
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