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Hanlon to limit UK rides over whip rule

THE horrible whip saga in Britain looks set to roar on and now Carlow-based trainer Shark Hanlon is following the lead of some jockeys by stating his visits to England will be limited.

Hanlon, who had runners at Chepstow on Tuesday, was left "disappointed" after one of his, and Ireland's, leading owners, Paul McMahon, was left with a 21-day ban for excessive use of the whip following the bumper at Cheltenham under a fortnight ago.

McMahon, who holds an amateur licence and rides his horses in their bumper runs, fulfilled a lifetime dream to ride a winner around Cheltenham when Clondaw Warrior won on October 15. Despite hitting the horse six times behind the saddle, McMahon was punished for using his whip 17 times "for non-safety purposes," and he will be sidelined from November 2-22.

Hanlon said: "It was a dream come true for him to ride a winner at Cheltenham and it was my biggest day in England as well, so for this to happen is terrible. I'm disgusted.

"He only hit the horse six times behind the saddle and the only reason he was giving him slaps down the neck at the finish was to keep him off the other horse that was alongside him. If he hadn't have done that, they'd have done Paul for careless riding, so it's just ridiculous to be honest."

Hanlon added: "I had entries at Carlisle on Sunday, but they won't be running and I won't be coming to England as much as I have in the past."