Excessive Use of the Whip
This is not the post Daftburger hopes it is…
I read yesterday that Joseph O’Brien has been banned for three days for the above after riding his father’s-trained Battleoftrafalgar in the 1m4f maiden at the Curragh. He is awaiting the outcome of an appeal about two bans he has recently picked up for careless riding. Careless riding happens, but is potentially more dangerous so I hope they don’t lift the ban (Not lifted according to the Racing Post website).
Excessive use of the whip is extremely upsetting. It puts the sport in a bad light and sours horses. You don’t accidentally beat the shit of a horse and they tend not to run too well afterwards either. I’d be wary of backing that poor horse in future.
Young Joseph probably has lost his head on account of the Irish apprentice jockey’s title being close at hand – hopefully having now slipped through his slap-happy fingers. If he was here in my front room now I would say this to him.
“Listen fella, you will forget which horses you gave one too many cracks to in your young haste to win races and claim titles, but the horses won’t. Your father can provide you with plenty enough ammunition that you will be sitting pretty in the jockey tables whether you ride like a finessed Jamie Spencer or a meat and two veg Seb Sanders. Don’t cheapen yourself further by hitting a sentient being when it is probably giving most of its all.”
Throw the book at him and let him learn his lessons now. It’s too late for his father who was also fined for issuing whip instructions that directly contravened the rules. If ever I needed a reminder why I generally oppose the Ballydoyle might then this would be it.