Racing NSW chief steward Ray Murrihy has warned punters the change to the whip rules will see correct weight delayed on races.
Murrihy said an operational policy would be implemented for stewards to review jockeys actions during a race in a post race whip use review before declaring correct weight.
â€œImmediately following a race stewards will need to review the footage to ensure there are no whip offences before declaring correct weight,â€ Murrihy said.
â€œWhat we donâ€™t want is a fishing expedition, if you want to use that phrase, from well-meaning owners, trainers and jockeys who virtually are searching the finish of a race to find a jockey that maybe has offended under the rules.â€
The technology used to transfer the race footage to the stewards room is likely to result in significant delays in declaring correct weight at the majority of meetings across NSW.
â€œNinety percent of tracks in the state donâ€™t have the fibre optic cables that send the video footage straight to the stewards,â€ Murrihy said.
â€œThat means it is a manual operation and a time-consuming operation of someone having to bring the video footage to the stewards.
â€œIn the metropolitan area it will probably hold us up giving correct weight for a couple of minutes but in
the country area it may be significant.â€