BHA to review current whip guidelines in the New Year amid growing public pressureDecember 15, 2018
The governing body recently unveiled plans to introduce new safety measures at the Cheltenham Festival following a number of horse fatalities in recent years.
There has been growing pressure from some sections of the general media for racing to take action on the whip.
Times columnist Matthew Syed launched an attack on the sport last week.
However, the BHA said that the review, which will consider whether the current penalty system in place for riders who break the rules are sufficient, had long been planned and was not a reaction to outside pressure.
A statement read: "The BHA stated in March that we would be looking at penalties for whip offences to ensure they present a sufficient deterrent, especially in higher profile races.
"We have been continuing to monitor data in 2018, and now that the Cheltenham review has been published we are in a position to consider how to progress this issue.
"This process will start in January, when we will begin putting timelines in place and properly scoping out the project.
"Before any final decisions are made, a full and proper process will be followed which will include gathering the views of participants.
"As we said this week, a new welfare board will be working with the BHA on a industry welfare strategy in 2019.
"That board, when formed, will no doubt consider all aspects of welfare, which may include the use of the whip in British racing – but no decisions have yet been made."
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