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Coronavirus: Horse racing’s consultation into the use of whips by jockeys has been postponed

The BHA have postponed their consultation into the use of the whip while operation duties during the COVID-19 pandemic take priority.

The minimum recommendation that penalties are increased for breaches of the whip rules was one of the key recommendations from the new Horse Welfare Board as it unveiled its five-year strategy for the sport last month.

The BHA was given until October to produces a new set of rules with the most radical of options being only allowing its use by jockeys for safety reasons.

The Horse Welfare Board has approved the delay in the consultation process because it would require a significant focus from senior officials who are involved in the formation and delivery of the sport’s coronavirus operational plan as well as a substantial element of face-to-face and group discussion.

Barry Johnson, the Horse Welfare Board’s Independent Chair, said: ‘The Horse Welfare Board fully supported the BHA’s request to postpone the planned consultation on the whip and will work with the BHA, at an appropriate time, to agree a new timetable.

‘We are keen to ensure that any consultation on the whip is done thoroughly and well, with maximum involvement from people in the sport, which would be enormously challenging in the current circumstances.’

 

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