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World Horse Welfare chief criticises whip use in racing

The chief executive of World Horse Welfare (WHW) has asserted that racing needs to put greater emphasis on the wellbeing of equines, individuals with race horse insurance may be interested to learn.

Roly Owers said the integrity of the sport could be in danger if jockeys continue to flout rules surrounding how hard a horse can be pushed, reports BBC Sport.

WHW is one of the organisations participating in the review of whip use in races, which is being undertaken by the British Horseracing Authority.

The issue was once again highlighted at the Grand National this year after the winning jockey Jason Macguire received a five-day ban for striking Ballabriggs 14 times between the final fence and the Aintree winning post.

Commenting on the current rules and penalties imposed, Mr Owers stated: “It’s clearly not working with some of the jockeys and the penalty system has to change behaviour because what racing’s got to show is that welfare of the horse is paramount.”

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