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BHA order review of new whip rules

THE British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has chosen not to make any immediate changes to the new whip guidelines, but will conduct a review and report back by the end of the week.

On a day when five jockeys fell breach of the new rules, the BHA met with the PJA (Professional Jockeys Association) chief Kevin Darley, and a selection of its members Ryan Moore, Frankie Dettori, Richard Hughes and Tony McCoy, as well as trainer John Gosden, to listen to their grievances.

The meeting between the two parties began just before lunchtime and broke up 90 minutes later, with the BHA not releasing a statement until shortly after 6pm yesterday, which said that a review panel would report back by Friday.

The statement added: "The board has today reiterated its endorsement of the principles behind the review.

"The new rules adopted by the Authority received widespread support from across the industry.

"Any change to regulations must be carefully considered and subject to due process.

"Until any changes are made, the current rules will continue to apply."

Darley also released a statement yesterday evening. He said: "We will continue to work closely with the British Horseracing Authority in the coming days to bring this matter to a satisfactory conclusion. We will await the Authority's response to the very realistic and sensible proposals that the jockeys made to the BHA board today.

"As far as jockeys are concerned the current situation cannot continue, and we have made that clear to the BHA. A resolution to this issue must be found."

Breach

Yesterday, apprentice Kieren Fox was once again found in breach of the rules, this time for hitting his mount eight times during a handicap at Salisbury. For this he received a 10-day ban, due to the fact it was his second offence.

As well as losing his riding fee and winning percentage, Fox now faces a ban from November 12-24.

At Pontefract, Mickey Fenton received a seven-day ban, while Joe Fanning and Adrian Nicholls each received a five-day ban.

Fanning was another to fall foul of the rule allowing only five strikes in the last furlong, and, in a similar way to Richard Hughes and Christophe Soumillon, claimed he had not realised he had gone by the furlong marker.

Soumillon has lodged an appeal to the BHA against his punishment after winning Saturday's Qipco Champion Stakes on Cirrus Des Aigles, which saw him pick up a five-day ban and lose more than £50,000 in prize money.