Top jockey quits over new rules

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Updated: October 14, 2011

Richard Hughes has sensationally given up his riding licence this evening after receiving his second ban in four days under the new BHA whip regulations at Kempton Park this evening.

The Irish born jockey said he would relinquish his licence until the new rules, introduced on Monday, were reviewed. Hughes received a 10 day ban tonight after excedding his whip quota on his mount More Than Words.

Hughes is now banned for a total of 15 days, meaning that he will miss the plum ride on Strong Suit in the Breeders Cup next month. After receving the ban Hughes said “We’re allowed to hit them seven times and both times I’ve been done, I’ve hit them six times, which is less than the amount you’re allowed and I’ve got a fifteen day ban because of it and I miss the Breeders’ Cup.

“They’ve made the rules so you hit them more, so you have to get two into them before the furlong pole as then you’ve only got five left. I was always told as a young jockey the last jockey who goes for his whip normally wins.”

Speaking to Racing UK Hughes also said “They’re taking the art of race riding away from me, it’s like telling Messi not to use his left foot anymore.”

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