Result of an appeal (R Havlin) heard by the Disciplinary Panel on Thursday 22 October 2015

22 Oct 2015 Disciplinary Panel - Appeals against decisions on a Racecourse

The Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) on Thursday 22 October 2015 considered an appeal lodged by Robert Havlin, the rider of PARKOUR (IRE), the winner of the British Stallion Studs EBF Median Auction Maiden Stakes, against the decision of the Stewards at Wolverhampton on 16 October 2015 to suspend him from riding for seven days. The suspension was as a result of a finding of careless riding, which was not appealed.

The BHA’s case was presented by Lyn Williams. Havlin was represented by Rory Mac Neice, who made submissions to the Panel. The Panel also viewed recordings of the race.

The Panel noted that Havlin had manoeuvred left towards the rail when insufficiently clear causing interference to FIRST BOMBARDMENT, ridden by Daniel Tudhope, which in turn interfered with IRISH ECLARE (IRE), ridden by Steve Drowne, who then interfered with CIARA’S BEAUTY, ridden by Andrew Mullen, which then caused interference to ROCK OF MONACO ridden by Andrew Elliott.

Mr Mac Neice submitted that Havlin had accepted responsibility for his misjudgement and asked that the Panel consider both the cause and standard of riding. However, the Panel felt that Havlin, having been drawn nine, could not assume that he would not cause indirect interference to multiple horses when he manoeuvred towards the rail.

The Panel, having viewed the recordings of the race, and taken account of the submissions made, dismissed the appeal and confirmed the seven day suspension on Friday 30 and Saturday 31 October 2015 and Tuesday 3 to Saturday 7 November 2015 inclusive. It ordered that the deposit be returned as Havlin had given both measured and considered thought to his appeal.



Notes to editors:

1. The Panel for the appeal was: Lucinda Cavendish (Chair), Celina Carter, Jeremy Barlow