The Whip Consultation Steering Group is discussing possible recommendations stemming from the three-month consultation period last summer, the British Horseracing Authority said in an update on the whip consultation project on Thursday. This stage of the project has been slightly delayed due to Covid complications, and is now expected to be completed towards the end of winter, with the proposals scheduled to be considered by the BHA board in April. After a period of adjustments, the full report and recommendations is to be published in May, with any new rules expected to come into affect in the autumn.
The steering group is comprised of experts from across the racing industry and wider sectors including politics, horse welfare and the media.
Once the steering group's recommendations are complete, they will be discussed with a selection of relevant individuals and bodies before being finalised and presented to the BHA board.