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Thursday 26 April 2018

Tony McCoy ban: Talks continue on whip crackdown

THE British Horseracing Authority insist the new whip rules are still the subject of "constant monitoring" after Tony McCoy became the latest high-profile jockey to receive a suspension at Ffos Las on Sunday.

The 16-times champion received his first five-day ban under the new regulations after being found to have used his whip once more than the allotted eight times on Caddie Master, who was beaten a short-head in the three-mile handicap hurdle.

McCoy will receive a 10-day suspension the next time he falls foul of the rules in the next 12 months, and a further 30-day ban for a third offence within that period, and was critical of the rules when airing his views on television in the immediate aftermath.

BHA communications manager Robin Mounsey said today: "It's the same situation as before. Discussions are continuing with the PJA and Horsemen, but they are quite rightly taking place out of the media.

"It would be wrong of us to react based solely on a high-profile jockey being suspended.

"As has been said on a number of occasions, it is an ongoing process. I can assure you that constant monitoring of the situation and constant dialogue is taking place."

Press Association

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