The controversial and hotly debated new whipping guidelines come into pressure in British racing this week, regardless of pleas from quite a lot of figures to be delayed.
A break-in interval permitting jockeys and stewards to adapt to the modifications has been in impact since January 9, however Monday’s leaping meets in Plumpton and Catterick would be the first to implement the brand new guidelines.
They embody stricter pointers for optimum whip utilization (now seven for leaping riders), with the horse disqualified if the jockey makes 4 or extra whips above that threshold.
Main coaches Willie Mullins, Gordon Elliott and Paul Nicholls all added their voices to the subject, every questioning the timing of the brand new guidelines, only a month earlier than the Cheltenham Competition.
The worst whipping offenses may lead to driving bans of as much as 20 days for jockeys.
The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) introduced final week that it will overview “how the foundations and pointers are utilized” by each the race stewards and the committee, however there are not any plans to vary any particular guidelines or pointers.
A BHA spokesperson mentioned: “The principles carried out on Monday are the results of an intensive session course of designed to encourage extra considerate and even handed use of the whip.
“They’re being launched after an extended break-in interval which has allowed jockeys and officers to familiarize themselves with the brand new guidelines and pointers and to determine the place enhancements will be made to their implementation, or the place some jockeys would possibly have to adapt their driving type, which was the aim of the break-in interval.
“We’re grateful for the enter from the PJA (Skilled Jockeys Affiliation), NTF (Nationwide Trainers Federation) and quite a lot of senior riders and trainers and we now have now reached a place the place the brand new guidelines and pointers might be carried out within the method for which they have been supposed.
“We have been delighted to see that jockeys mentioned it was now their accountability to comply with the brand new guidelines and adapt their driving type if vital. We’ve already seen this occur throughout the break-in interval, for which jockeys jockeys deserve nice credit score.”
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