Fergal Lynch: “I feel a great deal of remorse about what I did.”
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FERGAL LYNCH, the rider banned from British racing for the cardinal sin of stopping a horse, has revealed his shame over the part he played in a racefixing scandal that has left him “a disgraced jockey”.
Lynch, former champion apprentice and second jockey to Sir Michael Stoute, deliberately stopped the 9-2 chance Bond City from winning a race at Ripon in August 2004 knowing it had been laid to lose by racehorse owner Miles Rodgers, but until now has maintained a silence about an episode that will haunt him for the rest of his life.
In going public ten years on, Lynch, 36, is hoping to be given a second chance.
“I feel a great deal of remorse and regret about what I did and the shame of it still lingers,” said Lynch. “I know my reputation in British racing is in ruins and I want to try to repair it. I’ve done everything I can to prove what I did was a mistake and one I won’t repeat.”
Lynch is able to ride in other countries and rode a winner at Down Royal on July 25 under the licence he has been granted by the Turf Club. However, the BHA has up until now refused to grant him a licence or even allow him to ride in Britain while the memories linger of his ride on Bond City.
“I’m a disgraced jockey,” said Lynch, “and I have to live with that and always will. I’ll always be looking for closure and it’ll never come. But I put myself in that position so I’m the only one to blame for that. ”
Lynch added: “There’ll never be closure, and it’s my own fault, but I would relish, would really appreciate, a second chance.”
Read an exclusive interview with Fergal Lynch in Monday’s Racing Post or download the iPad edition from 8pm.
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