Jockeys to meet with BHA over whip concerns

Updated: January 16, 2012

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Jockeys are to meet with BHA officials on Friday in order to discuss the latest concerns over the whip issue.

The review comes following Will Kennedy’s seven-day ban and loss of prizemoney following his winning ride on Swincombe Flame in the Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton over the weekend.

Kevin Darley, Chief Executive of the Professional Jockeys Association, said: “The PJA is looking forward to the first formal opportunity since last year to discussing with the British Horseracing Authority the current rules concerning the using of the whip.

“We will participate in and contribute to the review group meeting on Friday – which has been scheduled for some time – and make constructive suggestions on the best way forward.

“Jockeys have a number of ongoing concerns about the rules as they stand and are committed to working in a positive way with the regulator to address them.

“In particular, we do not believe that additional discretion for the stewards – which the BHA outlined in November – is being used sufficiently. There have been examples since the latest amendments to the rules when Jockeys believe discretion could have been used, but it has not been.

“There are also concerns about the way in which some of the rules are being implemented and we will make those points on Friday.

“There are still challenges to be overcome and Jockeys collectively will continue to work positively and constructively with the BHA to resolve these issues.”

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