Talking Horses: let stewards disqualify over whip, says Timeform

Respected publisher says it’s time to let stewards be more severe in dealing with extreme cases of improper whip use

If a world-class jockey can win the richest race on the planet in such a manner that disgusts an influential number of racing’s core supporters, is it time to crack down on the misuse of the whip by introducing much tougher bans for riders or even disqualifying victorious horses?

Timeform, the widely respected racehorse ratings organisation, thinks so and has made a strong case for allowing officials to sanction such measures in the ‘Racehorses’ annual surveying the 2018 Flat season, out this week.

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