23 April 2011

McCoy: UK club's whip ban just a publicity stunt

JUMPS riding legend A.P. McCoy, writing in London's Daily Telegraph, has slammed the unilateral move by Towcester racecourse to ban the use of the whip in races. "Quite frankly, I’m appalled by the news and any decisions of that magnitude concerning the Rules of racing and a fundamental part of the sport should not be allowed to be made by one racecourse," wrote McCoy, champion jumps jockey every season since 1995/96, and the first hoop to be named BBC Sports Personality of the Year (in 2010). McCoy denounced the Towcester move "a publicity seeking stunt" announced on the eve of its biggest annual raceday.

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