The British Horseracing Authority has responded to criticism of its “stop race” procedures in the wake of the chaotic scenes surrounding the London National at Sandown on Saturday, insisting that yellow is the best colour for flags warning jockeys to stop racing and that the entry-point penalty of a 10-day ban for failing to stop is appropriate given “the risk to human and equine life should a [subsequent] collision take place”. Dan Skelton, whose brother Harry is one of the seven jockeys facing Christmas on the sidelines, was one of several trainers to criticise the procedures on Saturday, saying that it “is completely inadequate to have just one flag out there”. Neil Mulholland, whose horse Doing Fine was first past the post in the void race, said that the process “is just not good enough in this day and age”. While the BHA offered no comment on the specifics of the Sandown case ahead of an appeal by seven jockeys who received 10-day bans as a result, the Authority said in a blog posted to its website on Tuesday afternoon that it had been “surprised by some of the comment since the incident”. It also singled out an article in… Read full this story
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