Jockeys drop strike threat

MELBOURNE - Australia's jockeys lifted their threat of strike action yesterday after reaching an agreement with racing authorities on controversial whipping rules.

MELBOURNE - Australia's jockeys lifted their threat of strike action yesterday after reaching an agreement with racing authorities on controversial whipping rules.

The Australian Jockeys' Association and the Australian Racing Board struck a compromise allowing riders seven strikes of the whip in the last 100m, easing tough new restrictions.

"I wouldn't say it's a big win, maybe a short half-head," said Victoria state jockey representative Ross Inglis. - Sapa-AFP

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