Martin Dwyer: Jockey free to ride pending ban hearing

September 10, 2013

Jockey Martin Dwyer will be free to ride pending a British Horseracing Authority ruling on whether it will uphold a 56-day Indian riding ban.
His suspension was restored to eight weeks from eight months on Saturday after an appeal.
Dwyer’s ban had been extended after he was originally suspended for 56 days for allegedly preventing his mount Ice Age from running on its merits.
“He is free to ride in Britain for the time being,” said a BHA spokesman.
“His application will be considered by the disciplinary panel at a date to be determined.
“The date of the hearing will be dependent upon all parties receiving full documentation from the Royal Western India Turf Club of disciplinary processes to date.
“If the hearing cannot be arranged before September 24 it will be necessary for a further application to be made for interim stay of the ban.”
The Liverpool-born jockey, who won the 2006 Derby at Epsom on Sir Percy, finished a narrow third on favourite Ice Age at Mahalaxmi racecourse in Mumbai on 17 February, prompting an angry response from racegoers.
A head-on video of the race showed Ice Age appearing to drift towards the rail in the closing stages, bumping the eventual runner-up and causing Dwyer to snatch up his mount.
Dwyer argued that it later emerged the horse had suffered a broken blood vessel during a race a fortnight earlier and should not have been allowed to run
Riding bans are normally enforced worldwide, and champion jockey Richard Hughes failed in his attempt last year to get a 50-day ban, imposed in India, set aside by British officials.

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