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Facial hair banned as jockey gets beard trapped in stalls

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Racing authorities ban facial hair as jockey gets beard trapped in starting stalls.

Racing authorities have banned all facial hair for professional riders after popular jockey Alf Archer got his beard trapped in the starting stalls.

While it has been permissible – albeit unpopular – for a jockey to wear a beard, Archer’s accident will mean all facial hair will be banned with immediate effect.

Snagging in the stalls as top sprinter Jimmy Jumpsuit lunged forward, Archer's beard was ripped clean off before the ‘Free Bets With Mugbet You’re Having a Laugh Ain’t Ya?’ handicap started.

Leaning forward to check his mount Archer’s facial hair caught in the front hinges after the 5 year old gelding jolted forward, upwards, then sideways.

Popular jockey Alf Archer got his beard trapped in the starting stalls

Wife Gladys said: “The starter let them go and it ripped his beard right off. He is having surgery and will be out of action for at least 6 months.”

Stipendary steward, Tarquin Bibby said: “While we wish Archer a speedy recovery, I hope he has learned his lesson.

“Beards will now have no place in racing and will be confined to hostages, university lecturers and naval captains. And d*ckhead hipsters as well.”

Jimmpy Jumpsuit said: “That will teach him.”

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