Australian racingâ€™s new whip rules were put to the test at Belmont on Saturday after stewards heard the first ever protestÂ for over-use.
Apprentice Duncan Miller lodged a protest after finishing third aboard Brave Knight in the Support Your Local TAB Handicap (1600m) against Battle Emblem being declared the second placegetter.
Miller alleged Battle Emblemâ€™s jockey Jarrad Noske used the persuader more times than allowed before the 100-metre mark.
Stewards dismissed the objection, deciding Noskeâ€™s whip use did not affect the outcome of the race but they did fine Noske $1500 for his breach of the rules.
Perthâ€™s chief steward Brad Lewis said Noskeâ€™s mount, Battle Emblem, finished the race off better than Brave Knight which was enough to cause sufficient doubt to dismiss the objection.