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UK Jockeys Claim "Rail-Roaded" On New Whip Rules

Tuesday, 11th October 2011

Also in the UK overnight, “racing entered a new era of zero tolerance of whip misuse against a back-drop of widespread discontent among jockeys who claim to have been 'rail-roaded' by the British Horseracing Authority over the financial penalties,” reported racingpost.com. All eyes were “focused on the 3 afternoon flat meetings at Salisbury, Windsor & Yarmouth as riders were compelled to adapt to the stringent regulations in the knowledge racecourse stewards will be showing no leniency despite the absence of a bedding-in period.” An extensive review that began last November & was “accelerated by the public furore that followed this year's Grand National, concluded jockeys were committing too many whip offences & that the introduction of a draconian penalty structure would prove an effective deterrent”. Although the initial reaction of senior jockeys when the new rules were unveiled a fortnight ago “was generally positive, weighing-room opinion has since united in opposition to the automatic forfeiture of riding fee & percentage when incurring a whip ban of 3 days or more, with the penalty doubled for a 2nd offence”. Professional Jockeys' Association chief executive Kevin Darley confirmed: “I am submitting a paper to the BHA to request that we sit down & have a meeting & go through a proper consultation process in regard to these financial penalties, because the jockeys are dead against them.”

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