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Fallon Says "Disqualify Horses If Jocks Break Rules"
In the on-going brouhaha over the UK’s new whip rules, leading jockey Kieren Fallon “added further spice to the raging whip debate by arguing that horses ridden by jockeys who break the British Horseracing Authority’s new rules should be disqualified” reported racingpost.com. Fallon “who claimed such a move would prevent the need for riders to be handed punishments that now range from 5-day suspensions to the withholding of prize-money, was adding his support to a view expressed by Sir Mark Prescott among others”. Trainer Prescott (who backed the new maximum permitted limit of “7 smacks in a flat race) said: “I love simple rules, yet now we have a situation whereby breaking the rule can win you a race, but cannot lose you a race. That's illogical.” In agreement, Fallon declared: “The only solution is to do what Sir Mark Prescott suggested & disqualify the horse. Then there would be no rules broken. It isn't fair that if one person doesn't mind breaking the rules to win the race that the owner, trainer & jockey of the 2nd horse, whose rider stuck to the rules, has to suffer. There would be no need for suspensions as the jockey would lose everything anyway.”