Australia's controversial whip rule is set to come under intense scrutiny with irate Victorian trainer Brent Stanley to launch a legal challenge over a result at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Stanley and connections of Violate are furious at Queensland stewards for not notifying them of whip rule breaches prior to declaring correct weight in Saturday's Group III Gunsynd Classic.
Violate was beaten a nose by Dreams Aplenty but winning jockey Tiffani Brooker was subsequently found to have whipped Dreams Aplenty 17 times more than allowed before the 100m.
Stanley can't believe a steward wasn't monitoring the whip rule strikes at the time and connections weren't notified about the breach before correct weight.
"This whip rule is a rule of racing but this case shows that stewards have absolutely no control over it," Stanley told Racenet.
"At the end of the day, stewards have made a mistake by not notifying our jockey Larry Cassidy or connections about the whip rule breach and by declaring correct weight.
"In the southern states, it is somebody's job to sit there and count the whip strikes. That obviously doesn't happen in Queensland.
"Violate is a very well bred colt who could have been worth much more had he won this Group Three race. We didn't even know that the winner had broken the rules of racing.
"I have taken legal advice and I'll be lodging a complaint to get the result of this race overturned."
Queensland chief steward Allan Reardon would not comment on the case Sunday, but pointed out Cassidy had not lodged a whip rule objection.
Brooker has been suspended for seven days and fined $2000 over the whip rule breach.