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Historic Disqualification: Jockey Goes Over Whip Limit, Horse Loses Race

, Historic Disqualification: Jockey Goes Over Whip Limit, Horse Loses Race

In a shocking turn of events, jockey Alex Edwards has become the first rider in Britain to be disqualified for breaking whip rules. Edwards went a staggering nine strokes over the limit of seven while winning a handicap chase at Market Rasen on November 23.

Disqualified Winner, Runner-Up Takes the Race

As a result of Edwards' whip breach, the Pam Sly-trained winner Mixedwave, who was a well-backed 4-1 shot, was disqualified. The runner-up, Post Chaise, was awarded the race instead.

Whopping 24-Day Ban for Edwards

The consequences for Edwards were severe, as he was hit with a 24-day ban for using his whip 16 times during the three-mile race. This means he will be unable to ride for most of December.

New Whip Rules and Automatic Disqualification

Under the new whip rules, any jockey who exceeds the permitted level by four strikes or more will trigger the automatic disqualification of their horse. This rule was implemented to deter the overuse of the whip.

First Disqualification in Nearly 8,000 Races

According to a spokesperson for the British Horseracing Authority (BHA), this is the first time the disqualification rule has been invoked following a winning ride in almost 8,000 races. The BHA spokesperson emphasized that jockeys were well-informed about the rules and underwent training modules prior to riding under them.

Trainer's Sympathy for Jockey

Classic-winning trainer Pam Sly expressed sympathy for Edwards, stating that she feels sorry for the owners and her staff who worked hard to prepare Mixedwave for the race. Sly assured that she will continue to use Edwards as a jockey and not hold the disqualification against him.

Source: [Racing Post]

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