Letter: Whip free new year

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The Independent Online
Sir: Alison Maskell (Letters, 2 December) mocks my plea for the whip to be banned. She rests her case on "leave it to the professionals." Are these the same professionals who keep being banned for improper use of the whip?

However, it is heartening that soon there will be experiments in whipless races. I feel an end to cruelty to race horses might come early in the 21st century. And what will the professionals do then?

My wife and I had a grand day at Kelso recently. Very few whips in use on ground which took everything out of jockeys and horses. Yes, it can be done.