A number of champion coach Paul Nicholls has known as for the introduction of the brand new whip guidelines to be delayed till after the foremost spring festivals.
Nicholls took to social media to sentence the proposed new rules after it was urged his steady jockey Harry Cobden would have picked up a 24-day ban for his successful trip on Il Ridoto at Cheltenham on Saturday.
The identical was additionally stated of Sean Bowen, presently second within the jockeys’ championship behind Brian Hughes, for his profitable trip on Again On The Lash within the Cross Nation Chase.
The brand new guidelines, that are on account of come into power on February 13, embody extreme penalties for jockeys elevating their hand coming above head peak.
Jockeys are presently driving inside a ‘bedding-in’ interval the place the present rules apply for sanctions functions, however riders are being suggested if they’d have breached the brand new guidelines.
Nicholls tweeted: “Two improbable high rides. How they’ll get bans is past me. Cobden excelled on Il Ridoto. This all wants suspending till after the spring festivals in any other case that is all going to be a catastrophe for the game. For as soon as widespread sense must prevail.”
Cobden confirmed on Nick Luck’s Each day Podcast that he had fallen foul of the brand new rule regarding utilizing the whip over shoulder peak.
He stated: “I went into the stewards’ room they usually froze the photographs of the replay the place they thought my hand was over shoulder peak on three of the hits.
“You would clearly see that I used to be in breach of the rule, my hand was ever so barely over and I used to be instructed that I might get eight days for every hit. As a result of it was a category one race that it was why it was eight days reasonably than 4, so I might have come out of the race with a 24-day ban.”
He went on: “I’ve at all times ridden like this, I’ve by no means been known as in for over shoulder peak earlier than. Earlier than Saturday I hadn’t ridden for 12 days, so had missed numerous the bedding-in interval.
“It is tough, we’re all attempting however I feel that rule undoubtedly must be tweaked.
“We’re pleased with the penalty construction, the numbers we’re nice with, the one rule now we have a problem with, and the one which retains popping up, is the over shoulder peak, so I feel we have to change the wording or do one thing about it.
“I do not assume lessening the penalties will work as jockeys will nonetheless get banned. Someway we have to change the wording of that rule. If it seems to be forceful then honest sufficient, however if you’re driving a horse like I rode Il Ridoto, no person sees something improper with that and I feel it is unfair to get 24 days for one trip.
“In case your arm is straight up then that’s not proper, but when your hand is a few inches above and it would not look misplaced, I do not assume it needs to be an issue.”
The British Horseracing Authority, nevertheless, underlined the stewards will not be answerable for the size of the bans as that can fall below the remit of the Whip Assessment Committee that can usually meet on Tuesdays.
On its Twitter account, the stated: “The BHA is conscious of knowledge being posted on social media speculating about potential ‘suspensions’ below the brand new whip guidelines. Please observe this data is just not correct because the Whip Assessment Committee haven’t but met this week to contemplate the rides within the interval 16 – 29 Jan.
“Additionally, a reminder that no suspensions are being imposed at current. The aim of the bedding-in interval is to offer riders with data as to the place variations to driving fashion is perhaps wanted forward of full implementation of the principles on 13 Feb.”
A beforehand scheduled assembly will happen within the coming days between the BHA, Skilled Jockeys Affiliation and trainers and jockeys as a part of the continuing dialogue surrounding the brand new guidelines, however not on the again of the fallout of final weekend’s racing.
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