Great Britain Toughens Whip-Use Penalties

The whip can only be used seven times in Thoroughbred races, officials said.

Jockeys in Great Britain will face stiffer penalties for excessive use of the whip.

Beginning Oct. 10, jockeys will face a minimum suspension of five days for not adhering to stricter limits. The previous minimum penalty was a caution, but the British Horseracing Authority found that was not an effective deterrent.

A jockey that incurs a whip ban of three days or more will forfeit his riding fee and purse percentage.

The whip can now only be used a maximum of seven times in a Thoroughbred flat race and eight times in a jump race, including only five times in the last furlong or after the last obstacle. It is about half the number of times a whip could be used previously.