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BHA Won't Reciprocate Dwyer Ban

Friday, 11th October 2013

The disciplinary panel of the British Horse Racing Authority (BHA) has decided not to reciprocate the 56-day ban handed down to UK jockey Martin Dwyer by Indian racing authorities, reports dailystar.co.uk. The Gr1-winning jockey received the suspension from the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) in February when they found him guilty of failing to ride 4YO mare Ice Age on her merits in a race at Mumbai. "I'm pleased and relieved it's all over because it has dragged on for eight months," Dwyer said. "It's not been great. I've been going backwards and forwards to India and have had it hanging over me with the thought of not being able to earn a living with a young family." Jamie Stier, director of operations and regulation for the BHA, explained the reasoning behind the panel's decision: "It was our view that basic principles were not upheld by the RWITC," he said. "It was the BHA's view that there were a number of areas during the process which fell short of being demonstrably fair and were not in accordance with the principles of natural justice." Not surprisingly, Dwyer says that India does not feature in his future plans. "I think my time in India has probably come to a close…It's sad because I've had some great times there."

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