News and views from around the racing world this week as the flat season ends
An eventful curtain raiser to Dundalk’s winter series also saw Ger Lyons land a double and Gavin Ryan rode out his claim
The proposal will lead to "an ultimate prohibition on use of the whip for purposes other than to protect the safety of horses and jockeys”
The magnitude of the downside of breaking the whip rules in Britain is obviously not great enough compared to the magnitude of the potential advantage to be gained
Former champion jockey John Francome gave his views on the banning of the whip this week - but he missed an important element
People will reach for the off-switch if jockeys use heavy handed methods with the whip
"Just shows you, the goal of harmonisation of racing rules across international frontiers is a long way away"
The public perception of racing as having an element of cruelty in it could easily cause a demand for change
Perception instead of education should not dictate the policies of goverance
After whip bans for Ruby Walsh, Paddy Brennan and Tom Scudamore, there is still debate on how best to prevent bad publicity from its overuse
The use of the whip by Victor Espinoza in winning the Kentucky Derby made for uncomfortable viewing
We should seriously consider disqualifying horses whose riders break the whip rules
By Irish Field Contributor on 06 February 2015
The continuing whip rules debate, track bias at Haydock, Sprinter Sacre's return and Just A Way's world ranking are on the agenda this week
The aftermath of Aidan Coleman's Welsh National ride kept the whip issue in the headlines for another week
The BHA is handling the situation all wrong and should be explaining the role of the whip in racing to adjust the public's perception
Hitting a horse with a racing whip is like a baby hitting a man with a small stick
A batch of horses trained by some of the top names in Australian racing have failed drug tests but there may be more to this than meets the eye
The current whip rules still divide opinion but the alternative does not offer a more workable solution writes Anne Marie Duff
Disqualifying horses whose riders have broken the whip rules is a crazy idea.
Donn McClean looks back at some of the highlights and talking points from last weekend's racing action
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