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Rosehill Whip Furore 1: Mini-Revolt By Jockeys

Tuesday, 6th April 2010

A "mini-revolt by jockeys against the stewards' imposition of the whip rules caused a stir at the Golden Slipper meeting at Rosehill on Saturday & the matter is not over yet," reported The Daily Telegraph. The riders met with Australian Jockeys' Association president Paul Innes after Michael Rodd was fined $2,000 for hitting winner Faint Perfume with his whip "twice more than allowed prior to the 100m" in the Gr1 Vinery Stud Stakes. The jockeys "were united in their belief the fine was too harsh & expressed concerns over what they perceived to be a heavy-handed approach by Racing NSW stewards in relation to the whip rules" which came into force last year. Innes said there was "no talk of the jockeys taking action on Saturday" but refused to rule out "the possibility of a strike in the future". Innes confirmed: "There was dissatisfaction from the jockeys over the level of penalty in NSW, which is more significant than other states. There have been 50 or 55 suspensions in NSW compared to none in Victoria, although there have been fines there." Innes spoke to stewards following his meeting with the jockeys & revealed chief steward Ray Murrihy was "not pleased they got together behind closed doors" noting: "We asked to be given privacy for that meeting & I don't think they (stewards) were particularly happy about that." Innes said the issue would be "discussed further this week' & added Rodd (who is appealing against his fine) had "the AJA's full support".

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