Tuesday 21 November 2017

New rules leaving a sour taste

Champion jockey Paul Hanagan feels there is a "cloud" hanging over the weighing room as the argument over the new whip regulations rumbles on.

Hanagan feels sympathy for colleague Richard Hughes, who relinquished his licence after picking up a second ban in a matter of days, and says that the punishment does not fit the crime.

"Make no mistake, there will hardly be a jockey with a licence who won't have sympathy with Richard Hughes and I, for one, understand his frustration," he said.

"In all the time I've been riding the atmosphere in the weighing room has never been so bad, there's a cloud hanging over it."

Meanwhile, Ryan Moore's representatives have played down speculation that he is set to be appointed as stable jockey to Aidan O'Brien.

Johnno Spencer, Moore's commercial agent, tweeted yesterday: "Subject to speculation in a national newspaper today, Ryan Moore has NOT signed as the new Ballydoyle stable jockey."

Henry de Bromhead is considering two possible options for his stable star Sizing Europe. "I've put him in the James Nicholson at Down Royal but we're also looking at the Tingle Creek at Sandown."

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