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Jockey Billy Lee hopes to maintain his form at the Killarney Summer Festival.

Jockey Billy Lee hopes to maintain his form at the Killarney Summer Festival.

Jockey Billy Lee hopes to maintain his form at the Killarney Summer Festival.

British jockeys will only be permitted to use the whip in the backhand position with disqualification for overuse also set to come into the mix in the autumn after fresh changes were confirmed yesterday.

The switch to backhand-only whip use is aimed at reducing incidents of excessive force due to a narrower arm action by riders while winners also face the prospect of disqualification if the whip threshold has been broken.

When a jockey uses the whip 12 times in a jumps race or 11 times on the Flat – four above the permitted level of eight and seven strikes in each code – disqualification will occur with that decision to be made by stewards at the track.

In major races, excessive whip use could also result in a 28-day ban for jockeys, as well as being disqualified, with leeway only allowed to riders if it is deemed that they were using their whip in the interests of safety.

Meanwhile, the Killarney Summer Festival continues today where the Listed Irish Stallion Farms EBF Cairn Rouge Stakes (6.40) takes centre stage at the Kerry track.

All eyes will be on the All-Ireland SFC final against Galway on Sunday week in Croke Park but racing is at the forefront this week with former Kildare football star Willie McCreery packing a fair punch with Cigamia.

Fourth in the Sandringham Handicap at Royal Ascot on her last start, the progressive Karakontie filly should have plenty more to offer and Billy Lee can maintain his red-hot form in the saddle to get the job done in decent style.

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