The British Horseracing Authority has charged licensed jockey Charlotte Kerton and licensed trainer George Prodromou with beaches of the Rules of Racing, in relation to the running and riding of VALMARI (IRE) in the betdaq.co.uk Handicap Stakes at Kempton on 16th April 2010, after the Stewards found the jockey in breach of Rule (B) 59.2 and deemed the trainer to be in breach of Rule (C)45.4 following a Stewards Enquiry.
The Disciplinary Panel will consider whether or not Charlotte Kerton is in breach of Rule (B)59.2, and whether or not George Prodromou is in breach of Rule (C)45 in that she intentionally failed to ensure that VALMARI (IRE) ran on its merits.
The hearing will take place at 10am on Tuesday 4th May at the offices of the British Horseracing Authority.
For further information please contact Paul Struthers, Media Relations Manager, on 07966 590105 or 020 7152 0166.
Notes for Editors:
1. The Disciplinary Panel for the hearing will be: Patrick Hibbert-Foy (Chair), Patrick Lawrence QC and Mrs Diana Powles.
2. The hearing is open to the press. If any members of the press wish to attend anyway please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Spaces are limited and allocated on a first come, first served basis.
3. The Guideline Penalties if they are found in breach are:
Trainer – a fine of £5,000 to £30,000,with an entry point of £7,500
If both jockey and trainer are found in breach the horse will be suspended from running for 40 days.
4. The investigation into the betting patterns following the running of Timeteam at Lingfield on 22nd January 2010 and Trip Switch at Lingfield on 27th January 2010 is ongoing. Both horses were ridden by Charlotte Kerton and trained by George Prodromou.
5. Following the running of Trip Switch at Lingfield on the 27th January 2010, Charlotte Kerton was found in breach of Rule (B)59.4 in that she failed to take all reasonable and permissible measures to ensure Trip Switch achieved the best possible placing. She was suspended for 10 days.