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Whip offences at Cheltenham could lead to 'broader penalty provisions'

    ‘Temporary measures’ could be put in place for next major meeting
  • Friday 01 March 2019
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Use of the whip by jockeys is set to come under increased scrutiny at the Cheltenham Festival later this month.

Whip use has been an increasingly controversial topic for some time – and the British Horseracing Authority will take the chance to reiterate responsibilities to riders at the four-day meeting.

Should it be felt necessary in the wake of the Festival, the BHA could put “temporary measures” for “broader penalty provisions” in place ahead of the next major meeting, which would be the Grand National fixture at Aintree.

A BHA spokesman said: “Jockeys will be reminded of their responsibilities in regards to the whip in the build up to the Cheltenham Festival and at the new, mandatory daily briefings.

“If it is felt necessary following the Festival that temporary measures should be considered to provide a greater level of deterrent to riders, then broader penalty provisions may be put in place ahead of the next major event.

“More generally the BHA is aware that the whip continues to be a topic of debate, we are alive to that debate and listening to it with interest.

“The sport is currently developing an industry-wide welfare strategy which will include further consideration of the use of the whip in British racing.

“We also note that Britain’s approach to the whip was recently endorsed by UK government who stated that it is ‘satisfied that the rules in place are sufficient to restrict and limit the use of the whip in horse racing’.”