Robert Havlin Hit With 13 Day Whip Ban

Robert Havlin Hit With 13 Day Whip Ban

Jockey Robert Havlin was handed out a thirteen day ban at Windsor on Monday night - one of the biggest suspensions for overuse of the whip in recent years.

A report produced by the stewards at the Berkshire track stated that Havlin had completely broken the rules as to regards with his ride on Frontman, who was beaten by a neck by Rum Baba in the maiden contest at 8:15.

The John Gosden-based jockey was reported to have used his whip well above the permitted level of seven times in the race on the Kingman colt - who was having his second outing, but they did not put a figure to the amount.

However, it was clear from the racing replays on Sky Sports Racing that it could have been over double the quantity deemed acceptable, with possibly thirteen or fourteen usages.

The sport's governing body - the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) is currently discussing tougher bans for whip offences, after a massive uproar from the royal meeting at Ascot last month.

Three jockeys including Thanks Be's winning rider Hayley Turner were given whip bans after racing, but were allowed to keep first-place honours in the race.

The length and timing of the suspension is also up for debate and discussion.

Havlin has ridden 33 winners this year and was in the top four jockeys on the all-weather over the winter, until he broke his collarbone and a few ribs in a nasty fall at Kempton back in February.

Long attached to the Gosden yard in Newmarket, the 45-year-old has been entrusted with riding out many of the stable's star fillies and colts, including dual Arc winner Enable, who will make her eagerly-anticipated return to the racetrack on Saturday's Coral Eclipse at Sandown.

The scheduled ban is set to commence on July 15th and ends respectively on the 27th July.

This mean he has avoided missing Newmarket's big meeting next weekend on the July course and Glorious Goodwood's five-day festival which stretches into August.

However, the break still rules him out of Ascot's coveted and valuable King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes contest, which takes place between the 26th and 27th of July.

The whip ban debate goes on, and you can read our view on the matter by clicking HERE: