WHW urges BHA to stand firm on whip penalties

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Equine insurance customers might be interested to learn that the World Horse Welfare has urged the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) to stand firm on new whip penalties despite fierce opposition from the Professional Jockeys Association (PJA).

The BHA is set to respond to the PJA's proposals for adjustments to the new whip misuse rules that were introduced on October 10th.

Guidelines brought in last week stated that no jockey was permitted to use the instrument more than five times in the final furlong, as well as other stipulations.

However jockeys have been outraged by the penalties incurred when using the whip six times in the final stages of a race. Former champion jockey Richard Hughes even gave up his riding licence after being banned twice in the first week.

World Horse Welfare chief executive Roly Owers said: "Clearly the rules need to work, and the BHA is looking at that. However, we hope the BHA will stand firm in denying jockeys who break rules their percentage of any prize money." 

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