Mike Moon
Horse racing correspondent
2 minute read
22 Aug 2020
5:30 am

Jockey Devin Habib feels sting of the whip

Mike Moon

Use of the riding crop, or whip, is back in the racing spotlight following a string of fines and suspensions incurred by jockey Devin Habib over the past few weeks.

Revered trainer Wendy Whitehead saddles three runners in Race 6 at the Greyville Polytrack meeting on Wednesday. Picture: iStock

The Joburg jock’s latest punishment was a 10-day ban from riding, handed to him by the National Horseracing Authority (NHA) on Wednesday. Habib was charged with striking the horse Flashlight 16 times in race one at Turffontein on 15 August. The maximum number of whip strikes allowed is 12. Flashlight was the odds-on favourite (at 9-10) and finished second, less than a length behind the winner. The NHA said the severity of the sentence was because of Habib’s poor record in regard to this particular misdemeanour – he had contravened Rule 58.10.2 (read with guideline M on the use of...