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Thursday 14 December 2017

Jockey Martin Dwyer free to ride pending hearing on 56-day riding ban

Jockey Martin Dwyer
Jockey Martin Dwyer

Martin Dwyer will be free to ride in Britain until his application to the British Horseracing Authority not to reciprocate the 56-day riding ban handed to him by the authorities in India is heard.

Dwyer was originally suspended by the Royal Western India Turf Club for 56 days after it ruled the jockey did not ride the filly Ice Age on her merits in a race at Mahalaxmi racecourse in February.


That was later increased to eight months, although Dwyer was partially successful in an appeal on Saturday in that the ban was returned to its original suspension.


Dwyer, who has the full support of the Professional Jockeys Association, remains adamant he is not guilty of any wrongdoing and has asked the BHA not to reciprocate the suspension.


The BHA tweeted: "The BHA has received an application from Martin Dwyer that the suspension imposed by RWITC not be reciprocated in Britain.


"This application will be considered by the disciplinary panel at a date to be determined.


"The date of the hearing will be dependent upon all parties receiving full documentation from RWITC of disciplinary processes to date.


"BHA has also received application that the suspension should not apply in Britain until non-reciprocation application hearing is held.


"The disciplinary panel has approved this application, and Dwyer is free to ride in Britain for the time being.


"If the hearing cannot be arranged before September 24 it will be necessary for a further application to be made for interim stay of the ban."


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