Jockeys strike over new whip rules
Jockeys at Ballarat and Hawkesbury are holding stop work meetings to consider their position after the Australian Racing Board (ARB) rejected any change to the controversial whip rules.
The major feature races at Rosehill and Moonee Valley on Saturday could be under threat with the jockeys to consider strike action.
Representatives from all facets of the industry put forward a submission to the ARB on Thursday have the rule altered to allow jockeys to use their discretion over how many times they hit horses in the last 100 metres of a race as long as they are in contention.
Under the rule brought in on August 1, riders are restricted in the number of times they can use the whip inside the final 200 metres.
Along with the new rule, the ARB introduced padded whips to lessen the impact on horses.
The ARB says it will reconsider the matter in February as originally planned.