Result of enquiries (Twiston-Davies, Orr) heard by the Disciplinary Panel on Thursday 8 January

08 Jan 2015 Disciplinary Panel - Referrals from Racecourse

Nigel Twiston-Davies 

The Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) held an enquiry on Thursday 8 January 2015 into a report that MAD MOOSE (IRE), trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies, had refused to race in the International Hurdle Race at Cheltenham on 13 December 2014. The matter was referred to the BHA by the Cheltenham Stewards following their enquiry of the same day. The gelding had a history of refusing to race, which had resulted in it being banned from racing by BHA on 9 January 2014 prior to the ban being lifted on 6 November 2014. This was the gelding’s first start since the Disciplinary Panel had directed on 6 November 2014 that if the gelding refused to race or was reluctant to start in the next six months under the Rules of Racing the matter would be referred back to BHA.

Having considered the evidence, the Panel declared that with immediate effect under Rule (F)66, no further entries would be accepted for MAD MOOSE (IRE) for races run under the Rules of Racing.


Conor Orr

The Disciplinary Panel of the BHA on Thursday 8 January 2015 held an enquiry to consider whether or not Conor Orr, a former Irish licensed jockey, had committed a breach of Rule (D)27.2.1 in respect of him riding on his Irish jockey’s licence in Steeple Chases at Newton Abbot on 7 July 2014, Ffos Las on 22 August 2014 and Worcester on 9 September 2014 when the licence issued to him by the Irish Turf Club was restricted to hurdle races and National Hunt Flat Races and he was therefore not qualified to ride in the respective Steeple Chases.

The matter was brought to BHA’s attention after Mr Orr submitted an application for an Amateur Rider’s Permit in Great Britain and clearance was sought from the Irish Turf Club.

Having considered the evidence, the Panel accepted an admission from Mr Orr that he was in breach of Rule (D)27.2.1 and fined him £250.


Notes to editors:

1. The Panel for the enquiries was: Hopper Cavendish (Chair), Celina Carter, Ian Stark.

2. The horses ridden by Mr Orr in the Steeple Chases on 7 July, 22 August and 9 September 2014 have not been disqualified because according to Rule (B)76.1 the objection must be made within a 14 day period following the races. BHA became aware of Mr Orr’s failure to qualify for the races in question after receiving his application for an Amateur Rider’s Permit on 24 October 2014.