BHA welcomes discussions with PJA

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The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced that its representatives and members of the Professional Jockeys Association (PJA) had productive discussions over possible amendments to the whip rules.

Equine insurance customers have had hopes renewed that the dispute over the whip rules that came into place in October last year could be resolved in the coming months following these discussions.

The BHA and PJA have been at loggerheads since the implementation of the harsh guidelines, with jockeys threatening strikes and boycotts in the face of punishment that they feel doesn't fit the crime.

"A number of incidents were reviewed and a range of topics covered regarding the whip rules and accompanying penalty structure. We identified areas of common ground and we intend to explore these further," director of raceday operations and regulation for the BHA Jamie Stier said.

It was indicated by the BHA last week that the whip rules could be set for a third review since its implementation.

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