THE RACING POST THURSDAY OCTOBER 6th 2011
RACING POST WEEK MONDAY OCTOBER 3rd to SUNDAY OCTOBER 9th 2011
HORSERACING AUTHORITY (BHA)
BHA Unveil Tough New Whip Rules
On September 27th The British Horseracing Authority unveiled the much debated Whip Review that has been taking place for the last 10 months. The review included sections on 'How the Whip is Currently Used in Racing', 'The Scientific Evidence Base', 'The Whip: Energy Absorbing Design', 'Public Opinion Research', 'The Penalty System' and 'Jockey Training' to name but a few. This has been the result of an in depth and extremely thorough investigation into use of the whip since November 2010.
The review, in turn, has initiated various rule changes concerning use of the whip that will be implemented from October 10th. These rules state that Jockeys riding on the flat will be able to use their whip seven times throughout the entire race, while National Hunt Jockeys will be able to use the whip eight times with a maximum of five times after the last obstacle or in the final furlong. In addition, punishments have also become more stringent with with a minimum five day ban administered for excessive use of the whip. For more details on the Whip Review click on the link below.