Whipping racehorses has been the subject of much controversy recently, rules have been introduced to limit the use of the whip. But it is very difficult to ensure the rules are followed by all jockeys for the duration of each race, and it usually requires tedious post-race scrutiny of video recordings.
The problem is solved by the hi-tech whip. Fitted with compact electronic sensors, not only can it record the number of blows, it can also log the severity of each blow and the time it occurred. After the race back in the weighing room all jockeys present their whips to a scanner which downloads the data. A screen instantly displays the information; whip count, severity, etc..
Patent application has been lodged; inquiries are welcome from interested parties.