TEN days after its introduction, the whip rule is already embroiled in controversy.
Brad Rawiller and Dale Smith, the first jockeys suspended and fined for breaching the new standards, have both appealed to the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board.
Rawiller and Smith have appealed against the severity of their penalties. Both were suspended for four meetings and docked their riding fee and winning percentage.
Rawiller's winning ride on Forever Fight at Cranbourne on Sunday drew the ire of stewards.
He was found guilty of hitting the horse eight times in consecutive strides in the final 200m, five times more than is allowed.
Smith was found guilty of using the whip in 14 consecutive strides in the final 200m when he won on Betty's Belle at Sale on Thursday.
Both Rawiller and Smith pleaded guilty to breaking the new rules but, according to Victorian Jockeys' Association chief executive Des O'Keeffe, were shocked by the penalty.
News of Rawiller and Smith's appeals came as South Australian apprentice Lauren Stojakovic yesterday became the third jockey to incur the wrath of stewards.
Stojakovic's jubilation at winning on Slippery Madam at Swan Hill was soured when stewards found her guilty of using the whip 11 times before the last 200m, six times more than allowed under the rules that came into operation on August 1.
Stojakovic was suspended for four days, fined her riding fee, $164, and lost her winning percentage, $409.
The VJA, which met yesterday afternoon, endorsed the jockeys' decision to appeal.
O'Keeffe, who described the penalties as "inappropriate and too severe" said he would speak to Stojakovic to gauge if she planned to appeal.
O'Keeffe said it would be up to the RADB to determine the appropriate penalty.
"We're not nominating what is fair and reasonable, that's for the RAD board. All we're saying that the penalties that have been imposed are unreasonable," he said.
Rawiller, a VJA director, attended yesterday's scheduled VJA meeting. Smith was invited to attend.
Stewards have cracked down on whip use in recent days.
Dean Yendell, Ben Melham and Wayne Hokai were reprimanded for hitting their horses for one more stride than allowed at Cranbourne and Coleraine on Sunday.
Dwayne Dunn received his second reprimand at Flemington on Saturday for raising his whip above shoulder height - taboo under the new rules - while Kelvin Sanderson received a similar reprimand at Swan Hill yesterday.
The controversial whip rules prevent jockeys hitting a horse more than five times before the last 200m and not in three or more consecutive strides in the final 200m.