NEWS
10/21/2011 08:15 EDT | Updated 12/21/2011 05:12 EST

Jockeys' anger prompts British horse racing to lessen bans and fines for whip abuses

LONDON - The British Horseracing Authority has eased its new whip regulations following an outcry from jockeys.

Jockeys struggled to come to terms with the guidelines, which were implemented last week and allow no more than seven hits in a flat race and eight over jumps.

While that number remains the same, the BHA has scrapped the rule that ordered jockeys to use their whip no more than five times inside the final furlong, or after the final obstacle in National Hunt races.

Riders will no longer lose their riding fee if suspended for a whip offence, only a percentage of their prize money for a ban of seven days or more rather than the three days previously stated.

The adjusted guidelines will come into force for all race meetings on Friday afternoon.