Result of an appeal (George Baker) heard by the Disciplinary Panel on Friday 2 January 2015

05 Jan 2015 Disciplinary Panel - Appeals against decisions on a Racecourse

George Baker

The Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority on Friday 2 January 2015 considered an appeal lodged by George Baker, the rider of MASTER OF DISGUISE, unplaced in the Unibet Offer Daily Jockey/Trainer Specials Handicap, against the decision of the Stewards at Wolverhampton on 27 December 2014 to find him guilty of careless riding and to suspend him from riding for two days.

The Panel considered evidence from Baker, who was legally represented, and George Downing, the rider of SALVADO (IRE). It also viewed recordings of the race.

The Panel found that on turning into the straight Baker angled left to make his run between SALVADO (IRE) and STUDFARMER, ridden by Hayley Turner. When the gap started to close he continued to push into it and caused interference to STUDFARMER, who in turn interfered with BLACK TRUFFLE (FR), ridden by Liam Keniry, on the rails, before taking corrective action.

The Panel dismissed Baker’s appeal and confirmed the suspension of two days on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 January 2015 inclusive. It ordered that the deposit be returned.


Notes to editors:

1. The Panel for the appeal was: Hopper Cavendish (Chair), Edward Dorrell, Ian Stark.