(CNN)Top jockeys will be restricted in their use of the whip in a new $2.3 million horse racing series set for the UK this year.
New $2.3 million horse racing series to introduce whip restrictions
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The Racing League will feature stars of the sport competing in six meetings in July and August with each individual race attracting more than $63,000.
The new protocols, set by the event organizers, will ban riders from using the whip for encouragement purposes, permitting it for safety and correctional use only.
It comes at a time when the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has agreed to a consultation on the use of the whip.
BHA guidelines permit jockeys to use a foam padded, air cushioned whip a maximum of seven times in a flat race and eight times over jumps, for safety and encouragement purposes. Race stewards will also analyze the force of its use and will punish riders who use it excessively.