Amended breach and penalty agreed in relation to Charlie Bennett Appeal

17 Apr 2019 BHA Features Disciplinary

The independent Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) issued a notice earlier today for an Appeal due to take place tomorrow:

“The independent Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) will convene on Thursday 18 April 2019 to consider an appeal brought by Charlie Bennett, a licensed jockey, against the decision of the Stewards at Kempton on 12 April 2019 to find him in breach of Rule (B)54 and to suspend him for 6 days for improper riding in The £100 Profit Boost at Classified Stakes (Class 6) (Div I) when riding POETIC MOTION.”

Having reviewed the decision and discussed it with the Kempton Stewards subsequent to 12 April, the BHA are of the view that the offence was one of careless riding, not improper riding and warrants a suspension of four days rather than six.

As such it has been agreed between the BHA, Mr Bennett and the Professional Jockeys Association that the decision and penalty will be amended and tomorrow’s Appeal no longer needs to take place. This decision has been ratified by the BHA’s independent Disciplinary Officer.

Notes to editors:

1. The difference between careless riding and improper riding can be seen on pages 14 & 15 of the BHA’s Guide to Procedures and Penalties here.

2. Charlie Bennett’s suspension will now run from 26-29 April 2019 inclusive.