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BHA Asks Whip Review Group For Report By Friday

Tuesday, 18th October 2011

In the UK overnight, the British Horseracing Authority “instigated a hasty review of the controversial new whip rules, as it suggested that reforms could be ironed out by the end of the week” reported racingpost.com. The new rules (which began a week ago after a 10-month consultation process) “will be reviewed in a matter of days with the BHA review group ordered to report back by no later than Friday”. The move “followed a one-and-a-half hour meeting, held earlier in the day, between the BHA board & Professional Jockeys' Association chief executive Kevin Darley & jockeys including Richard Hughes, Ryan Moore, Frankie Dettori & Tony McCoy”. In a statement, the BHA said that “any change to regulations must be carefully considered & subject to due process” & that the new rules would remain in place in the interim. The statement added: “The board has today reiterated its endorsement of the principles behind the review. The new rules, adopted by the authority, received widespread support from across the industry. Appropriate evidence needs to be reviewed & there will need to be engagement with other relevant parties. The board has directed the review group to undertake this process & report back by no later than the end of the week.” Kevin Darley commented: “We will continue to work closely with the British Horseracing Authority in coming days to bring this matter to a satisfactory conclusion. We will await the Authority's response to the very realistic & sensible proposals that the jockeys made to the BHA board today. However time is pressing & amendments to the new rules that jockeys believe are workable need to be adopted very soon. As far as jockeys are concerned, the current situation cannot continue & we have made that clear to the BHA. A resolution to this issue must be found.”

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