- Jockeys fall foul of new whip rules on first day
- October 12, 2011 | 0 Responses
Equine insurance customers might be interested to know that two jockeys have fallen foul of racing's strict new rules on the jockeys' use of their whips.
Top horse rider Richard Hughes and Kieren Fox were banned for five and 15 days respectively.
Riders are allowed a maximum of eight strikes of the tool in jump races and seven in flat contests, but Hughes was adjudged to have used his whip six times in the final furlong which is prohibited, while Fox used the implement 11 times throughout the race.
Hughes thought his ban was harsh as the sixth strike was a corrective measure to ensure his horse didn't bump into another competitor.
Senior jockey Michael Hills told the BBC: "Everyone is doing their best, and we want it to work, but I promise you the count is very hard when you get competitive in the last furlong."
The new rules were confirmed last month by the British Horseracing Authority who also said riders could face financial penalties as well as bans if they are found to have used their whip too often.