Notice of an Enquiry (R. Dunne) to be heard by the Disciplinary Panel from Tuesday 30 November

22 Nov 2021 BHA Features Integrity

The independent Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority will convene from Tuesday 30 November 2021, with five additional dates reserved, to consider whether Licensed Jockey Robbie Dunne is in breach of the following Rules of Racing:

i. Acted in breach of Rule (J)19 (Conduct Prejudicial to Horseracing) of the Rules of Racing by engaging in conduct which the BHA considers is prejudicial to the integrity, proper conduct and good reputation of horseracing in Great Britain by bullying and harassing a fellow Licensed Jockey between 13 February 2020 and 3 September 2020;

ii. Acted in breach of Rule (J)19 (Conduct Prejudicial to Horseracing) of the Rules of Racing by verbally abusing and threatening a fellow Licensed Jockey at Stratford Racecourse on 8 July 2020;iii. Acted in breach of Rule (J)19 (Conduct Prejudicial to Horseracing) of the Rules of Racing by verbally abusing and threatening a fellow Licensed Jockey at Uttoxeter Racecourse on 17 August 2020;iv. Acted in breach of Rule (J)19 (Conduct Prejudicial to Horseracing) of the Rules of Racing by verbally abusing and threatening a fellow Licensed Jockey at Southwell Racecourse on 3 September 2020.In addition, whether Licensed Jockey Robbie Dunne acted in breach of Rule (J)20 (A Person must not act in a violent or improper manner) as a result of his actions at: i. Stratford Racecourse on 8 July 2020 by verbally abusing and threatening a fellow Licensed Jockey;ii. Uttoxeter Racecourse on 17 August 2020 by verbally abusing and threatening a fellow Licensed Jockey;iii. Southwell Racecourse on 3 September 2020 by verbally abusing and threatening a fellow Licensed Jockey.

A total of up to six days have been set aside for the hearing, as follows: Tuesday 30 November, Wednesday 1 December, Thursday 2 December, Tuesday 7 December, Wednesday 8 December and Thursday 9 December, however it is possible that the full six days will not be required.

Notes to Editors:

1. The Panel for the Enquiry will be: HH Brian Barker CBE QC, HH James O’Mahony and Alison Royston. 2. The hearing will be held in person at the head offices of the British Horseracing Authority. To ensure a safe environment for all attendees due to limited space in the enquiry room, and fairness in terms of access, media attendance will be via Zoom only. Those media members wishing to attend the hearing virtually should express a desire to do so in writing to Mark Scully on mscully@britishhorseracing.com.3. Details of Rules (J)19 and (J)20, alongside penalty guidance, can be found here.

Please note, the BHA Judicial Panel is an independent body which encompasses the Disciplinary Panel, Appeal Board and Licensing Committee. It receives administrative support from the BHA via the Judicial Panel Secretary.