Sports Letters: Whip woes

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Sir: The Brian Viner interview with Tony McCoy was most readable (27 January). It was also most revealing to those who abhor the use of the whip.

Defending his own whipping, the jockey criticised that of others - "I see marked horses every day and it's not a pretty sight." Do such sights not strengthen the case for a whip ban?

He went on: "I think I've always used the whip in the correct way." So Tony's the only one in step over his suspensions. All the other "Tom, Dick and Harrys" - his term for Stewards, Jockey Club, et al - are wrong in his opinion. Perhaps, when he inevitably beats Peter Scudamore's record of winners, he would like to be presented with a golden whip.

MAY and JIM BRUNTON

Edinburgh

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