Protecting the Integrity & Reputation of Irish Horseracing

Sub-Committee set up on Whip Rules in Ireland

Turf Club announce setting up of a Sub-Committee to examine the
Whip Rules in Ireland

The Stewards of the Governing Bodies have announced the setting up of a Sub-Committee to examine the current whip rules in the context of the detailed recommendations made by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) following its review of the use of the whip in horseracing which was published earlier this week.

The terms of reference for the Sub-Committee will be:
(i) to examine the BHA recommendations in the context of the current Irish whip rules and guidelines with a view to determining how many, if any, of the recommendations should be introduced in Ireland.
(ii) to consult widely with industry stakeholders on the use of the whip in Ireland.
(iii) to consider any other matters relating to the use of the whip which were not addressed or where no recommendation was made in the BHA report.
(iv) to make whatever recommendations are necessary for consideration by the Stewards of the Governing Bodies.

The Sub-Committee will be chaired by Leslie Crawford (former trainer and current member of the Irish National Hunt Steeplechase (I.N.H.S.) Committee.  Its other members will be Tom Rudd (former National Hunt Jockey and current member of the I.N.H.S. Committee), Colin Magnier (former leading amateur rider and current member of the Turf Club and I.N.H.S. Committee), Laurence McFerran (member of the I.N.H.S. Committee and Breeder) and Peter Matthews (Senior Stipendary Steward).

Commenting on the setting up of the Sub-Committee, Turf Club Senior Steward John McStay said “the Sub-Committee will commence its review as soon as possible and will also monitor the introduction of the new rules in the UK.  We look forward to receiving their report.”


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