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Rosehill Whip Furore 2: AJA Slams NSW Stewards
The Australian Jockeys' Association followed-up with a press release which "has condemned Racing NSW stewards' interpretation of the revamped whip rules," reported The Sydney Morning Herald. The AJA declared: "We believe no professional steward working anywhere in the world who watched Michael Rodd's riding of Faint Perfume would be offended by the manner he used the whip. NSW stewards are so black & white about it. They don't seem able to take into account: (a) Was his use of the whip offensive to the eye? (b) Could anyone in their right mind deem his use of the whip yesterday as unnecessary, improper or excessive? (c) How much did he use it over the final 100m? (Michael chose to use it 6 times . . . . He could have used it 12 or 13 times under the rules & not faced any sanction)." The AJA agreed Rodd broke the rules "as written" but said of the rules: "Counting (whip strikes) is not the way to go. If the way a rider uses the whip looks offensive or excessive, then the stewards should act, but each circumstance will be different. So don't rely on counting as the be-all & end-all in rules relating to use of the whip." The AJA concluded: "The fact he (Rodd) was heavily fined tells us something is very wrong with the way penalties are being applied in NSW. . . . Stewards in other states have been able to work with the rules & more importantly apply well-considered, reasonable & sensible penalties taking into account all the circumstances surrounding the breach. All we ask is that the same use of discretion & common sense be applied in NSW."