BHA indicate further whip rule amendments

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New chief executive of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) Paul Bittar has indicated that the controversial whip rules introduced in October could be set for a third review.

The guidelines caused a stir among riders with the severity of the punishments seemingly not equally fitting the crime. They have led to eminent riders such as Ruby Walsh to question the value of riding in this country.

"The implementation of the rules has been a challenge for us. Getting the proportion of the penalty aligned with the level of breach is the challenge we face," Bittar was reported as saying.

Chief executive of the Professional Jockeys Association Kevin Darley was meeting with Bittar who revealed that the rules have been "contentious" and they were hoping to get the proportion right between the breach and the penalties imposed.

Any changes would be the third time that the guidelines have been altered since their implementation on October 1st.

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