In the wake of his five day suspension picked up at Aintree, Ruby Walsh has warned that the current whip rules may force him to ride less in England.
The crack jockey has said that he won’t be riding in England during this week and will seriously consider whether or not he will ride Poquelin in Saturday’s Grade 2 Bet365 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby.
Walsh, who picked up the ban after he struck his mount Edgardo Sol nine times – one more than the permitted eight strikes that the new whip rules allow, said to attheraces “I know I’m not goingto Chepstow on Tuesday and I won’t be in Wetherby on Friday.
“I’m facing a ten-day suspension next time I offend. I didn’t offend on purpose yesterday and I won’t offend on purpose ever again, so every ride I take from now on in the UK has to be extremely calculated. It has to be worth the risk.”
“The rule is wrong. That’s the way I feel about it. I think they’ve gone too far and the BHA should have kept it [the complaints about the Grand National] to themselves and dealt with it.”