Racing Victoria set to unveil new whip-limited country race series to culminate on All Star Mile Day at The Valley

Racing Victoria has reignited the whip debate, with the introduction of races where the use of a persuader will be strictly limited — and enforced — to not more than five times for the entire event.

The six-race country series will end in a final to be run at The Valley on All Star Mile Day, March 13.

News Australia understands the jockeys, who choose to participate in the five-strike races, will be subject to severe sanctions for potential breaches.

Whip rules currently allow for a maximum of five strikes in non-consecutive strides prior to the 100m mark and at the rider’s discretion in the final 100m of a race.

Racing Victoria is expected to make an announcement on Wednesday about the six-race series.

The Victorian Jockeys’ Association has alerted its members about the series, which it described as “high risk” for riders given the proposed penalties.

Whip use has been a contentious issue for many years.Source:Getty Images

A breach in the pop-up series could see a jockey get rubbed out for several meetings right in the heart of the Group 1-laden Melbourne autumn carnival.

VJA chief executive Matthew Hyland would not be drawn on the specifics of the series, other than to say jockeys would find it “incredibly difficult” to adapt.

Horse Racing: With only a few strides to go the heavily backed favorite has slammed on the brakes leaving punters heartbroken….

Horse Racing: With only a few strides to go the heavily backed favorite has slammed on the brakes leaving punters heartbroken.

“I liken it to a footballer going out and being told that in this quarter you’re only allowed five tackles and he plays in the centre,” Hyland said.

“It goes against your natural instinct, in the heat of battle, to tackle isn’t it?”

Racing Victoria late last year back flipped on a mooted whip-free race series after consultation with jockeys and trainers’ associations.

More to come …

Originally published asJockeys on notice: Whip strike slashed

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