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Whip offences down by 40 per cent

11 March 2015

UK - Whip offence rates have fallen by 40 per cent since the introduction of new rules in 2011, according to figures published by the British Horseracing Authority.

The figures also reveal that cases of interference have decreased by nearly 33 per cent compared to the same period.

Jamie Stier, director of raceday operations and regulation for the BHA, said: “These figures highlight how effective the rules have been in meeting their objectives of reducing the number of whip offences, bringing about a culture change towards use of the whip amongst riders, promoting good horsemanship and ensuring that we safeguard the welfare of horses and the public perception of the sport.”

First introduced in 2011, the current whip rules were revised in 2012 ahead of the 2015 Cheltenham festival following criticism that previous regulations were too harsh.

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