Hughes Protests New British Whip Rules

Jockey hands in license and says he won't ride again unless they are changed.

A top jockey has handed in his racing license in protest of British horse racing's new whip rules, after incurring two bans in the first week of their implementation.

Richard Hughes said Oct. 13 he will not race again unless the rules are changed, after being handed a 10-day ban for breaching the new regulations at Kempton in England when finishing second on More Than Words.

The Irish jockey also was given a ban Oct. 10. On both occasions, he was punished for using the whip six times inside the furlong pole, with the new rules only allowing five.

Hughes told Sky Sports News that jockeys weren't consulted before the rules were introduced. "We're finding it very difficult to abide by it,'' he said.