Does the whip hinder horse racing?

Is use of the whip in horse racing acceptable to the sensibilities of modern society?

In an eye-catching headline on Friday 7 July 2017, The Racing Post published an article on ‘Why racing must ban the whip’, to much criticism from industry professionals and many horse racing fans.

Here on Sunday Forum, we discuss the issue with John McCririck, Kevin Blake, Simon Holt and MIle Cattermole – what are the rights and wrong of the use of the whip in horse racing, and does the perception of the whip hinder horse racing?
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