Harley to face disciplinary panel on non-trier charge

Martin Harley

Martin Harley: questions over his ride on Rebel Lightning at Chelmsford

  PICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)  

MARTIN HARLEY will appear before a disciplinary panel on a non-trier charge for his ride on Rebel Lightning at Chelmsford on November 17.

The panel will consider whether Harley has fallen foul of rule (B)59.4 in that he “failed to take all reasonable and permissible measures to ensure his horse is run on its merits”.

The potential breach was detected by the BHA’s internal post-race review processes and subsequently reviewed by the BHA’s disciplinary officer.

Harley has engaged the services of solicitor Rory Mac Neice and in a statement on his client’s behalf Mac Neice said: “Martin is looking forward to discussing the ride with the disciplinary panel.

“The local stewards found nothing wrong with the ride in question and he even made a report at the scales on the day to explain the difficulties he had in-running.”

According to the stewards’ report on the day Harley reported “the gelding was denied a clear run”.

The Racing Post’s in-running comments state: “Dwelt, in touch in last pair, closed and not clear run just over 1f out, switched right 1f out, stayed on under pressure inside final furlong, never troubled leaders.”

The penalty range is a seven to 21-day suspension, with an entry point of ten days. No date has been set for the hearing.

The BHA’s internal post-race review processes consist of members of the disciplinary and integrity teams re-watching races and, should they take a different view to the on-course stewards, raising the matter for review by the disciplinary officer, who then decides if there is a case to answer.

The last time the BHA retrospectively brought disciplinary charges was for Aidan Coleman’s Welsh Grand National-winning ride aboard Emperor’s Choice in 2014, when the rider was given a four-day ban for breaching the whip rules.


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