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UK Jockeys Want "Financial Penalty" Whip Rule Scrapped

Thursday, 20th October 2011

In the headline-hogging brawl over new UK whip rules overnight, the Professional Jockeys' Association “released their own proposals for the reform of whip use that would see the financial penalties jockeys have been hit with removed” reported racingpost.com. The PJA proposed “total strikes of the whip should remain at 7 in flat races, but the final furlong 5-strike rule should be removed; 8 strikes with the whip would result in a 2-day ban, 9 a 4-day ban, 10 strikes a 10-day ban & 2 days for each additional strike”. In determining the number of strikes, the jockeys say stewards “must disregard any strikes on the shoulder when the hands remain on the reins and, crucially, any correctional strikes”. The biggest difference between the PJA's proposal & the rules introduced last week by the British Horseracing Authority “is that there would be no forfeit of prize-money”. The PJA's statement said: “The PJA believes that its proposals are a responsible response to concerns expressed about the use of the whip. They largely follow the BHA position on the actual restrictions of use of the whip, but amend the related penalty structure. The PJA proposals represent a material increase in the penalties imposed before the latest changes & are a significant deterrent.”

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