Jockey Neil Farley suspended for overuse of the whip in heat of modified whip rules series

A jockey was suspended for failing to comply with the rules of Racing Victoria’s modified whip series at Swan Hill on Tuesday.

The rules of the Country Mile Race Series demand jockeys use the whip no more than five times in the race, a large reduction on normal rules that allow five whip strikes before the 100m and unlimited use thereafter.

Stewards charged Neil Farley after finding he struck Spanish Snitzel nine times during a race Swan Hill. Spanish Snitzel closed strongly to finish a close second to The Moors in the second heat of the series, which began at Colac last Sunday.

Farley pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to comply with a stewards’ order to use the whip no more than five times in the $75,000 race.

Stewards suspended Farley for nine meetings and fined him $500 for the offence.

Spanish Snitzel was banned from taking any further part in the Country Mile Race Series, which culminates with a $250,000 final at The Valley on All-Star Mile day.

Meanwhile, two horses were euthanised after suffering serious racing injuries at Swan Hill.

Bon’s Ghost sustained a fracture in the back end while Zipitsweetie suffered a serious fracture of a foreleg.

Vets euthanised both horses.

“Both horses received immediate veterinary care, however they were unable to be saved due to the nature of the injuries sustained,” an RV spokesman said in a statement. “Riders Christine Puls and Declan Bates were uninjured in the incidents.

“RV extends its condolences to the owners of Bon’s Ghost and Zipitsweetie, trainers Kevin Adcock and Archie Alexander, their stable staff and all who cared for the horses throughout their careers and are greatly saddened by their loss.

“Both racing incidents will be referred to the RV veterinary department for review.”

The RV spokesman noted it was the first time two horses had suffered fatal injuries at a single meeting since 2018 and the first fatalities at Swan Hill since 2015.

“The Swan Hill track was prepared for today’s meeting in accordance with the industry’s track preparation guidelines, commencing the day as a Good 4 before being upgraded to Good 3 after Race 5,” the RV statement read.

“The Stewards officiating at the meeting report that the track was presented for racing in a safe condition and that no trainers or jockeys raised any concerns with them throughout the day regarding the track, its rating or its suitability for racing.”

Originally published asJockey suspended after RV whip series heat indiscretion

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