Tag Archive | "whip ban"

Et Tu Towcester?

Friday, April 22, 2011

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Towcester racecourse has apparently decided to run all its races under the rules that would normally apply to apprentice series hands and heels races. In other words, no whips. Marcus Armytage has the story in the Telegraph. The Towcester management will be applauded in some quarters for reacting to a perceived appetite for whip free racing [...]

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What is a Racehorse?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

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What is a Racehorse?

A strange question? Perhaps but maybe a timely one. I was lucky enough to be in Dubai for the World Cup this year. Halfway through the racing we paused to take in ‘The Spectacular’. Fireworks, stilt-walkers, dancers suspended above our heads and giant animatronic figures played out a giant moving tableau. The gist of the story [...]

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Where Next on the Whip?

Monday, April 18, 2011

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Where Next on the Whip?

My ATR colleague John McCririck has long argued for a ban on the whip in racing. Today, a new benchmark has been reached in the debate with the Racing Post devoting a page to a well written argument from David Ashforth in favour of banning the use of the stick for all but safety/correction purposes. Looks [...]

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