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Whip Abuse

My wife and I do not see eye to eye over the use of the whip, she feels that it is abused, I try to defend its use on purely practical grounds and I certainly do not support those misguided critics who would ban the use of the whip. But when a jockey metes out punishment like the rider of the second horse in the 8th race at Scottsville on Sunday,  Dec 11th,  my defence of the whip loses its credibility. French Reef was struck  18 times during the run in, all with the left hand, causing the horse to veer violently across the track to avoid the whip and almost cannon into the eventual winner. The result was that it lost the race by a short head for its very prominent owner, and the only observation by the commentator was that “it was given a very vigorous ride”.

This was a disgraceful exhibition by a jockey who plainly has very limited riding skills trying to impose his will on a horse through brutal flogging. Not only did he lose the race for the owner, he also attracted the attention of those who delight in attacking our sport as cruel, and he may well have caused permanent mental trauma to the animal. I wonder Craig Eudey had anything to say to his rider, or whether he reported the incident himself to the stipes, which he is perfectly entitled to, or whether he condoned the rider’s actions.

If  I was a stipe, I would never allow CZ to ride a race again until he can prove that he has riding ability that does not depend on relentless whipping to encourage a horse to perform. In the meantime I have to live, defenceless,  within earshot of a very livid wife who watched the race with me!

via email – David Mickleburgh

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4 comments on “Whip Abuse

  1. Akesh says:

    Mr Mickleburgh – one question- how would you have ridden this horse in this race had you been the jockey ?

    At the time there was only one jockey aboard and that is what must be accepted.

    Another question – have you ever won money on a horse that has been punished by the whip.If so,what was your reaction ? Did you refuse your winnings,whether as a punter or otherwise ??


    AKESH, Your questions and logic bemuse and amuse me.

    Mr Mickleburgh’s point is that had CZ displayed more horsemenship as compared to trying to reinact SAP police slaying Anti Apartheid protesters into the back of the Police waantjie with his sjambok, French Reef would have done better.

    “At the time there was only one jockey aboard and that is what must be accepted.” …what nonsense reasoning is that, Sir ?

    There will always be only one jockey riding a horse ??? So the jockey can do anything he wants irrespective of the Rules and welfare of the horse ! Shame on You

    Amount of winning or losings, win, lose or draw is not the issue !

    Wakey Wakey Akesh

    Merry Xmas and may the Man Above protect all horses from whiplashing jockeys

    William Milkovitch

  3. craige says:

    Hi David,
    I certainly do not condone any horse being hit like that.He would have won had KZ just changed his stick and used it to keep him straight.The Stipes did look at the race but did not take any action. I thought they would but that is their decision.I have spoken to Karl about his stick use before. If I can answer any other questions please do not hesitate to contact me. Regards

  4. m.goss says:

    i would certainly not use this jockey again there must be others around who kwow how to get the best out of a horse other than flogging to death.

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