The Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority held an enquiry on 19 April 2012 into the sample of urine provided by Robert Dunne, a licensed jockey, at Aintree on 22 October 2011.
Dunne’s sample was found to contain alcohol in a concentration above the threshold level permitted in urine under Schedule (D)3 of the Rules of Racing.
Having considered the evidence, including a written submission from his legal representative, the Panel accepted an admission from him that he was in breach of Rule (D)65. Taking into account that the level of alcohol found was 57 mg/100ml, which fell within the range of the ‘Lower Level’, and that this was Dunne’s first offence, the Panel cautioned him against providing a finding above the threshold level for alcohol in the future. It also pointed out to Dunne that a second breach of this nature within 24 months would lead to a much more serious outcome, in all probability a lengthy suspension.
Charles Warde-Aldam Nicky Vigors Hopper Cavendish 19 April 2012