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Fox & Hughes 1st Jockeys To Break New UK Whip Rules

Tuesday, 11th October 2011

Meanwhile Kieren Fox & Richard Hughes “became the 1st jockeys to be found in breach of the new whip guidelines when riding out the finish of a 10 furlongs handicap at Salisbury” overnight, reported racingpost.com. Fox was found to have struck the winner Orthodox Lad 11 times in total (7 inside the final furlong) with the stewards handing him a 15-day ban. Fox also forfeited his percentage of the winning prize-money, as well as his riding fee. Hughes (who was 3rd on Swift Blade) was found to have struck his mount 6 times in the final furlong (1 above the allowed number of 5) & was given an automatic 5-day ban. Flat jockeys “can now strike their mounts only 7 times during a race & 5 times inside the final furlong, roughly half the number of times they were able to use the whip under the previous guidelines”. Explaining the bans at Salisbury chief steward William Nunnerley commented: “We have worked very hard to talk to educate the jockeys & it is disappointing that there were breaches, especially Kieren Fox as he was well over the top.” Reacting to the ban, Richard Hughes noted: “I only used the whip as a corrective measure, the horse had his head up beside me & I kept pulling on the left rein. I pushed & pushed & gave him a flick on the neck when we got close to the other horse (winner Orthodox Lad). When I dropped the stick, he tried to duck in behind. I feel a bit hard done by, but the stewards said 6 is 6.”

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