British Horseracing Authority is to take another look at the new whip rules in the coming week

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  • British Horseracing Authority is to take another look at the new whip rules in the coming week

British Horseracing Authority is to take another look at the new whip rules in the coming week       

Last week Professional Jockeys Association accepted an invitation sent by the British Horseracing Authority to review the proposals and try reaching some mutual grounds but the issue seems to be unresolved till yet as there has been no change in the rules at all. The rules have not been amended or relaxed the least bit rather they will pertain for the upcoming week. British Review Group has been instructed to report back in a week.

"The Board has directed the Review Group to undertake this process and report back by no later than the end of the week. Until any changes are made, the current rules will continue to apply.”

The riders who are representing the Professional Jockeys Association include Ryan Moore, Frankie Dettori, Tony McCoy and Richard Hughes accompanied by the St Leger winner trainer John Gosden. Richard Hughes and Kieren Fox were the very first victims of this strict rule and have already been banned. Both have also received their second ban in just a couple of days which has made matters worse.

The British Horseracing Authority has added that these rules were issued only after an extensive research undertaken for ten months by the experts’ working group that comprised of stakeholders from across the industry and also included animal welfare organisations and the general activist groups.

"The Board would like to thank the PJA for taking the time to attend this meeting and for their constructive engagement and commitment to work for the best outcome for British racing. The Board and Review Group will continue to liaise with the PJA in the coming days”.

Richard Hannon is supporting his stable jockey full on and seems worrisome about the Breeders’ Cup due to the enforced ban accompanied with the fact that Hughes has relinquished his riding license as a protest against the rule. Richard Hughes fourth in the line for the Flat jockeys’ championship will be an absentee from the career land mark race after being accused of excessive whipping at not one but two races that also within a week.

If these rules persist even after this week then it is hardly a matter another few weeks to get the majority of the jockeys banned and cancelled from the race bookings due to their bans.

 

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