Champion against whip rule protest

Former Grand National winner Bob Champion tells BBC Radio 5 live he does not believe jockeys should protest the Professional Jockeys Association's new whip rules as it will only overshadow the sport.

A number of riders are believed to have contacted trainers to say they will not be available for the day's fixtures, including Flat jockey Richard Hughes, who announced he was quitting the saddle until the new rules are reconsidered.

Champion admits the new regulations, which allow the whip to be used a maximum of seven times in a Flat race and eight times over the jumps, have been introduced "too quickly" because the public do not like jockeys whipping their horses.