Irish jockey Ben Harvey handed 11-day ban and £400 fine for whipping his horse TOO MUCH during Some Neck’s Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase victory at Cheltenham on Friday
- Irish jockey Ben Harvey rode Some Neck to victory at Cheltenham on Friday
- Some Neck beat Defi des Carres in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap
- The British Horse Racing Authority has punished Harvey for breaking whip rules
- The BHA has handed the jockey a 11-day ban along with a £400 fine
Cheltenham-winning jockey Ben Harvey has been banned for 11 days and fined £400 for whipping horse Some Neck too many times during his win on Friday.
Some Neck, who was favoured at 18-1 before the Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase, came from behind to overtake 16-1 candidate Defi Des Carres by a neck, the horse’s first win since a Grade 2 novice chase at Punchestown in November 2018.
But the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has declared that Irish amateur rider Harvey used the whip ‘over the permitted level’ on the John McDonnell-trained horse during the victory.
Jockey Ben Harvey has been banned for 11 days for over-whipping Some Neck at Cheltenham
Harvey rode Some Neck (left) to victory in Friday’s Glenfarclas Cross Country Handicap Chase
After the race, Harvey declared that the win at Cheltenham was a ‘dream’ for him, while the horse’s owners netted £17,500 from the triumph.
Harvey told ITV Racing after the chase: ‘We knew he’d stay well, we knew he’d gallop for the line.
‘We missed the second last which wasn’t ideal but he was tough, stuck his head down and he galloped up right to the line.
Some Neck (front) beat Defi des Carres by a neck though Harvey used his whip too many times
‘To come to Cheltenham… everyone wants to ride here, everyone wants to have a winner here and winning over the banks, the hedges, it’s the ultimate for me.
‘This is the dream. This is the ultimate for me. I’m delighted.’
On Saturday morning, BHA chief Nick Rust revealed that the use of the whip will be reviewed next year as horse racing tries to bring in stricter punishments for jockeys who overuse the tool on their horses.
Kerrin McEvoy was fined a record £27,000 for breaking whip rules on Tiger Moth last month
Some animal protection groups such as Animal Aid have called for whipping to be banned from racing.
Harvey’s incident is the latest incident regarding the overuse of whipping after Australian jockey Kerrin McEvoy was fined £27,000 for breaking whip rules last month in the Melbourne Cup – the biggest fine any rider has ever faced for over-whipping.
McEvoy was also greeted with a 13-meeting ban for over-whipping Tiger Moth in the November race.