BHA ready to toughen penalties for modified whips after horse is marked

POSTED ON  |  08-11-2019

The BHA is ready to toughen penalties for the use of modified whips  after jockey Danny Brock was banned for seven days for marking a horse with one at Chelmsford. Raceday stewards fined Brock £140, the standard penalty, for using a whip with two elastic bands around its end when on board the Charlie McBride-trained Resurrected in the Moving Made Easy Classified Stakes on September 19.

Resurrected had been backed into 10-1 from 25-1 on course. When asked, the BHA did not rule out whether betting patterns were being investigated. A spokesman said: "The BHA cannot comment on ongoing investigations or speculation surrounding possible investigations." The three-year-old filly was later found to have "minor weals" on her skin in a second check by the officiating vet at Chelmsford, when Brock had already left the course.

An independent BHA disciplinary panel last month considered this further aspect of the case and replaced Brock's initial penalty with a seven-day suspension. Reviewing the case, BHA chief regulatory officer Brant Dunshea said: "The use of modified whips is not something that can be tolerated. The rules of racing are clear on this and the welfare of our horses is our primary concern. There have been no other cases identified of modified whips being used in a number of years.

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