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Strike Action Over UK Whip Penalties Postponed

Monday, 17th October 2011

Strike action planned for today by UK jockeys “over the new whip rules has been shelved after the British Horseracing Authority agreed to meet the Professional Jockeys Association to discuss concerns raised by the jockeys' group” reported racingpost.com. The names of jockeys booked to ride at the flat meetings at Windsor & Pontefract “were removed on Friday morning following the decision” of top jockey Richard Hughes “to relinquish his licence after being hit with 2 bans since the beefed-up penalty structure was introduced at the start of last week”. The PJA made a written submission to the BHA on Friday “asking for a review of the penalties & seeking clarification of the rules” & UK racing's governing body “agreed to a meeting” set for later today in London. However the BHA stated the new rules “would not be suspended in the interim”. PJA chief executive Kevin Darley commented: “We are pleased the BHA board will meet the representatives of jockeys so that together we can resolve the current issues concerning the whip rules. It is imperative for the sport that these matters are settled as soon as possible. What jockeys do have concerns about are the new penalties for what they perceive to be relatively minor infringements of the rules. The PJA believes very strongly that this aspect needs to be reconsidered.”

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