Masakazu Takahashi

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Christophe Lemaire: winner of the 1,000 and a couple of,000 Guineas

Masakazu Takahashi

By James Stevens

Main jockey Christophe Lemaire helps the idea of disqualification for breaching whip guidelines and has rejected recommendations riders will discover it troublesome to adapt to the upcoming modifications in Britain.

Lemaire, a two-time Traditional winner in Britain who has additionally gained top-level contests in his native France, Australia, Hong Kong, UAE, United States and Japan the place he presently resides, was talking within the build-up to captaining the Remainder of the World crew on the Dubai Responsibility Free Shergar Cup at Ascot on Saturday. He says his skill to observe the completely different guidelines of race-riding in jurisdictions is a key a part of his rise to the highest.

It was introduced final month that from the autumn, any jockey who has used the whip 4 or extra occasions greater than the restrict for that kind of race (seven on the Flat, eight over jumps) could have their mount disqualified.

Lemaire argues disqualification is appropriate as a robust sufficient deterrent to cease overuse of the whip and when requested if riders would wrestle to adapt, he responded “for those who get disqualified twice in a day, you’ll be fast to adapt.”

Masakazu Takahashi


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Christophe Lemaire: famously rode Almond Eye, one of the greats in Japanese racing

Christophe Lemaire: famously rode Almond Eye, one of many greats in Japanese racing

Masakazu Takahashi

The jockey added: “When you think about your self as rider then it’s important to adapt your self to wherever, in all places and the varied completely different guidelines. I trip in a variety of completely different jurisdictions they usually all have their very own guidelines, it’s important to adapt. I typically agree and typically have a distinct opinion.

“For me there’s logic to it [disqualification]. If you happen to don’t respect the principles then you definitely shouldn’t be the winner. You possibly can’t get the prize with out respecting the principles, for me it’s the identical with interfering with one other horse. If you happen to hit the horse an excessive amount of, in comparison with the opposite jockey by your aspect, then to me it’s the similar state of affairs.

“After all it’s very unhealthy for the coach, proprietor and the folks that guess on the horse however the jockey is chargeable for what occurs and protecting to the principles. Ought to we hit the horse six or eight occasions is one other topic. I don’t have a robust opinion on that however we have now to discover a stability between giving picture of horseracing and asking one of the best of the horse to win the race.”

In different modifications, the whip will solely be permitted for use within the backhand place which has similarities to guidelines in Ontario, Canada, the place Emma-Jayne Wilson is without doubt one of the main riders. She can be making an eighth look at Ascot on Saturday for the Women crew.

Christopher Lee


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Christopher Lee

The change to ban the whip’s use within the forehand place was made there in 2018 and Wilson warns it took time for riders to adapt – and in some instances they fell again on previous habits – but it surely is now broadly accepted.

She stated: “We’ve been backhand since 2018. I wasn’t instantly concerned within the preliminary levels and after they trialled it I used to be injured. After I got here again there was an adjustment stage, now it’s not likely a dialog.

“There’s execs and cons with it. The primary 12 months we had a variety of challenges with guys having to adapt their fashion and habits which a few of them have had for 20 years. Then with new guidelines come new penalties so there must be an understanding by way of altering an athlete’s approach and magnificence.

“It’s like asking a cricket participant to vary their swing, within the warmth of the game you’re sure to fall again in your habits and make errors.

“To me the vital factor is the schooling, it must be there. We’ve made a variety of modifications and I don’t suppose we’re showcasing the modifications and ahead development that we’re on the very least making an attempt to attain. That to me is the best failure.”

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