Germany: Big fines and bans for riders who breach whip rule

Freddy Tylicki: banned for four days for his German Derby ride

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By David Conolly-Smith and Mark Scully 2:21PM 5 AUG 2016

GERMAN racing has adopted stringent new whip rules that will result in hefty fines and long bans for riders who breach the limit of five strikes a race.

The move follows a fierce debate about use of the whip following the German Derby last month, in which the first- and second-placed riders incurred penalties for striking their mounts nine times.

Freddy Tylicki, who placed second, and winning jockey Dario Vargiu both lost 75 per cent of their prize-money share, while Tylicki was hit with a four-day ban.

As of Sunday, a sixth strike will result in a ban of 14 days and a fine of at least 50 per cent of the riding fee. Seven or more strikes will see those penalties increase, while a second offence will incur a minimum 21-day ban and a third 28.

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Andrea Atzeni said on Friday the stringent new whip rules are a concern. The jockey is due to head to Dusseldorf this weekend to ride Parvaneh in the Preis der Diana, or German Oaks. Frankie Dettori and Tylicki are also making the journey.

‘It’s rubbish’

“It’s definitely a worry,” said Atzeni. “You’re riding in a Group 1 and you only have five smacks.

“Fair enough, punish someone if they go over the limit but to give them two weeks and lose 50 per cent or more, I think it’s rubbish really.”

Atzeni said he did not believe the rule change would result in jockeys opting against riding in Germany, but said he would play it extra safe on Sunday to ensure he is free to continue riding when he returns to Britain.

“When you get a ride in a Group 1, a big race like the Oaks on Sunday, you have to go and you just have to make sure you don’t go over the limit,” he said.

“I’d probably rather give my horse four on Sunday, not even five, just to be safe.”

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