WINSTON ET AL ENQUIRY CONCLUDES; RESULT EXPECTED IN THREE WEEKS
Published: Monday 22 Jan 2007
The Disciplinary Panel enquiry to consider whether licensed jockeys Robbie Fitzpatrick and Robert Winston, former licensed jockeys Luke Fletcher and Fran Ferris, former bookmaker Ian Nicholl and four other unlicensed individuals have breached the Rules of Racing in relation to 37 races concluded at lunchtime today, following a hearing lasting eight and a half days.
The Panel, chaired by Tim Charlton QC, have commenced their deliberations. Given the serious nature of the charges, the volume and complexity of the evidence and the availabilities of the various legal representatives, the hearing will reconvene week commencing Monday 12 February, on a day to be confirmed, when the Panel will formally deliver their verdict and publish the result.
22nd January 2007
NOTES FOR EDITORS:
1. Full details of the charges are available on our website, www.thehra.org (click here to go straight to the charges).
2. The HRA’s case was presented by Mark Warby QC and Jacob Dean. Robbie Fitzpatrick, Luke Fletcher and Robert Winston were represented by Andrew Monson. Fran Ferris was represented by Gerard Hillman. None of the unlicensed individuals were represented nor did they defend the charges.
3. The HRA will issue an update during the week commencing Monday 5 February to confirm when the hearing will reconvene.