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Prescott calls for tougher whip rules
Graham Green Racing Post Wednesday December 17 2014 Page 1 and 5.
page 3

 "Jockeys need rules that are black and white."
What does the racehorse in training need? 
Certainly not physical whip abuse, which can end up becoming mental abuse.
This is a sport that involves two separate human beings, the four legged variety, and the two legged variety, who compete as one in all preparation for the track, and in all competition on the track, as one. The only rules that are black and white throughout a race  in worldwide  horseracing are those between the racehorse and the rider-jockey. Who compete as one. Directly the racehorse and the rider part company in a race they are automatically disqualified. Directly a racehorse and his rider-jockey part company in a race they are automatically disqualified. Directly a rider-jockey breaks the whip rules in a race whether he wins or loses that partnership is automatically disqualified. The rule needs to work both ways.

 a foal? or a baby?
a yearling? or a child?
a two and three year old racehorse? or a teenager?   
a four to 10 year old racehorse? growing up from age 20 to 40?
“Riders unrepentant after whip bans in Ladbroke” .
David Baxter and Tony O’Hehir Racing Post Monday December 22 Page 1 and 3. 
From the time a rider-jockey gets the leg up in the parade ring on any racecourse, he is responsible for that racehorses actions which he guides from the saddle, through the reins and through the riders balancing skills, or not as the case may be.   If that rider loses this key thread with his horse at any time throughout a race, like as at present, the rider being forced by government to count the number of whip strokes they use on a racehorse in any one race applicable from two furlongs out from the finish line, when a racehorse is tiring . It is the racehorse who shows the professional rider-jockey what to do not the government. The whip has its purpose to a rider-jockey as a reminder to warn a racehorse when needs be to concentrate to pay attention, when the racehorse is losing his concentration. The reason why some trainers use blinkers to help some racehorses concentrate. 

Prescott says: “The whip rule remains the one rule whereby the breaking of it can affect the result, wrote Prescott in an article for bookmaker Fitzdares, “yet cannot result in disqualification.

“Thus at high-profile meetings such as the Grand National, Royal Ascot and Champions Day, races are won by short distances when the winner  has flagrantly broken the rules yet retained the race, while the rider of the second has observed the rule meticulously .

“Not only is this unfair, but such infractions also make headline news and excite media comment on what should be our showpiece days.

“All that needs to happen to make the game fair to all, accepted by the public, and a level playing field for the jockeys is for the authorities to name a number of strokes of the whip that they deem to be permissible and ensure that any excess will result in disqualification. “

“Prescott claimed that if the authorities grasped the nettle “It will work to everyone’s advantage”, adding horses won’t be ‘abused’ , jockey’s will know the rule applies and “punters and connections will not see their horse beaten by a rule- breaker. “

“Responding to Prescott’s comments, Jamie Steir, BHA director of raceday operations and regulations, reiterated that disqualification or demotion was not felt appropriate . “It falls short of being a fair proportionate and enforceable penalty, “ he said.

“Unlike a case of interference, it’s considerably harder to determine the precise effect a rider’s use of the whip has had on the outcome. As such it would be unfair to demote a horse when a rider uses his whip above a threshold level on account of the knock- on effect on owners, trainers, stable staff and punters, who would all be denied a winner despite the fact that it is virtually impossible to quantify the impact on the race. “

“Reaction in the jockeys’ ranks was cool, with Paul Struthers, the Professional Jockeys Association’s chief executive, saying:  “It’s an interesting suggestion, albeit one I don’t agree with and one the BHA has previously strongly resisted, as I imagine jockeys and others would too.

“The problem of a fixed limit was clearly evident after the revision to the rules first came in. Sir Mark’s suggestion seems very simple on the surface, and simplicity is often the beauty of many things. However, current penalties are already incredibly punitive for jockeys making split-second  mistakes. We have harsh, if flawed, rules with very severe  punishments. "

JMC:  What does sadly come out of all this, is that now we know for sure that governments have been running and are still running British horseracing ongoing  over the last 75 years for people, with people, totally dismissing the rights and the needs of all racehorses that take part on a 50 - 50 basis with the two legged human beings. Anyone who has a mind- set as harsh and cruel as this, needs locking up for life.

 Surely if one part of a partnership breaks the rules, that partnership is automatically disqualified? If a racehorse fires his jockey off during a race that partnership is automatically disqualified.

Sir Mark Prescott Racing Post Monday December 22, 2014
As detailed in ten races pages 1 and 3:

“Riders unrepentant after whip bans in Ladbroke. “

“Twiston- Davies and Condon take it on the chin”.
By Davy Baxter and Tony O’Hehir,

“DAVY CONDON and Twiston-Davies yesterday strongly defended their rides in the Ladbroke on Saturday as they reacted to becoming the latest jockeys punished for over use of the whip in the closing stages of a high- profile race.

“The pair fought out a frantic finish at Ascot, with Condon holding on by a neck on Bayan. However, his efforts incurred a 15-day suspension and a £3,150 fine for using his whip 16 times between the second-last hurdle and the finish. Twiston- Davies was given four days for using his whip ten times after the last on runner-up Pine Creek.

“With a difference of more than £50,000 between first and second place in prize-money in the Ladbroke, there was a clear incentive to strive for first place and Twiston-Davies had no qualms about the result and ban for exceeding the permitted threshold of eight strikes with the whip.

“He said: “There were ten hits and they were all spaced out as it’s a long run-in. The trouble I had was that the horse was responding that little bit more every time that I gave him a reminder.

“Obviously in a Ladbroke you don’t want to give any quarter and you have to keep going. He got beaten a neck and ran a blinder but sadly wasn’t quite good enough.

“We were all trying our very best. I’ll pay the price by missing four days of racing and Davy’s got to do the same. That’s what we do for trying to win races, it’s a very competitive sport. “

“While admitting he had miscounted when absorbed in the heat of battle, Twiston-Davies argued he was giving his all on behalf of all who employ and back him. He added: “We know the rules very well but sometimes you’re trying so hard you don’t think about them because you’re only trying your best for everyone who’s involved with the horse and everyone who has placed a bet on the horse.

“Condon, for whom victory was emotional as it was only his third ride back after suffering career-threatening injuries from a fall at Cork in August, conceded he was aware in the immediate aftermath he had contravened the rules.

“I knew pulling up that I was in trouble and I had gone over the limit” he said “I had to press on early in the straight as Bayan stays well and I didn’t want to play into the hands of horses with more speed. But Bayan was idling all the time in front and I had to keep the pressure on. “

“Condon said he was unlikely to lodge an appeal. “Nobody wants to be made out to be a whip jockey, “ he said, “but I have to accept the rules in Britain are different and that I broke them. “

“Misuse of the whip was already at the centre on the agenda in a week when leading Flat trainer Sir Mark Prescott advocated disqualification on those who break the rules, but Twiston-Davies said he was happy with the current system.

“The best horse won on the day, “ he argued, “the second- best horse finished second, and the third- best finished third.

“I think the rules are fair and the stewards are fairly consistent with the way they operate them. There’s always room for change, but at the same time this is my first ban for a few months and hopefully my last for a while..

“The latest controversy follows Leighton Aspell being given a seven-day ban and £1,800 fine after winning the Hennessy Gold Cup on Many Clouds, while James Doyle was fined £10,000 and banned for seven days when victorious in the Champion Stakes on Noble Mission. “  


 Sir Mark Prescott, who last week called for disqualification when riders exceed the threshold for whip strokes, reacts to the Ladbroke Hurdle bans. “
“The rule is going to have to change."
“The bans are particularly unfair on the jockeys. They were doing their best under the rules to win a race, which is what they are paid to do. Under the rules they can’t lose a race if they exceed the limit. All the first two were doing- each coercing the other- was to exceed the rule.
“The winning jockey was beavering away from quite early and the second was coercing into doing it because the other man was doing it.
“The BHA is giving jockeys a rule but saying to them, it’s up to you if you go over and we’ll let you know afterwards what the penalty will be’ . That must be wrong.
“It should be black and white. The authorities should name a number of whacks you’re entitled to and it’s up to you when and if you use them, but if you go over the limit you lose the race. Then nobody, particularly in the big races, would break the rule. The bigger the race, the less likely they will be to break it.
“The rule is going to have to change at some point and it would be better if it’s done before some major high-profile disaster .
“People will say: “How will punters feel when their horse is disqualified?” But it will happen so seldom that it will hardly count and, when it does happen, why should you be beaten by someone who has deliberately broken the rules?
“If you weigh in 2lb heavy, you lose the race. If you miss a fence, you lose the race. If the poor trainer hasn’t read the conditions properly, as happened at Wincanton recently, you lose the race. “Why should this be the only rule you can break in order to win a race but cannot lose it?

If Wetherby's fail to ensure the conditions are there for all to see and read when attempting to enter a racehorse in the first place, how can anyone read something that Wetherby's forgot to include on entry forms? How can anyone trust Wetherby's ever again?



Riders predict alterations are likely to happen.
 By David Baxter

“A CHANGE in the existing British whip rules might have to be considered , according to leading Irish jockey Bryan Cooper.

“A regular rider at the biggest jump meetings in Britain and Ireland, Cooper is used to the pressure of riding for substantial prize-money, although he was unable to offer a solution in the issue of jockeys winning despite flouting the rules.

“He said: “They probably do need to have another look, although it’s hard to know what they can do. The two horses involved in the finish at Ascot kept responding and in view of what  Davy [Conlon] has been through in recent months, a 15-day ban and such a hefty fine seemed a bit harsh. “

“Tom Scudamore said he believed the rules work well but conceded further high-profile incidents could make a change inevitable.

“He said: “I think the rules have been working fine as they are and compared to where we were three years ago. If you change the whip rule and horses can get disqualified it muddy’s the waters – it could lead to jockeys getting sued and you don’t want that to happen.

“You also have to understand these big races can make or break a jockey’s career Another concern is the bad press when it is jumped on by the nationals, and it takes away from the winner and his achievements.

“The more it happens the more likely something is going to be done about the rules. “

JMC: Directly a racehorse and his rider-jockey (partner) part company in a race that horse and rider are automatically disqualified. So directly a jockey break's the whip rules by exceeding the number of whip strokes allowed, that jockey has broken the rules so that jockey and his racehorse (partner) are automatically disqualified as well, if passing the post first the race goes to the racehorse that finishes second who's rider has ridden within the rules. 
It can be either racehorse error, or jockey error that automatically disqualifies a partnership contestant in a race.

We have unbelievable British and Irish Human Rights from Hell concocted by evil political and evil legal male government, not fit for purpose. A total and utter disgrace.
 Britain has evil male politicians and lawyers ripping the electorate off through dodgy dishonest British County Councils. Another total and utter disgrace.

Britain has  evil male politicians, lawyers and County Court Procedures ripping of the electorate right left and centre, every day, Britain has dodgy dishonest lawyers that need locking up. A total and utter disgrace. Massive legal financial scammers.

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