Tuesday, October 15

GUEST POST: Indian Summer For Dwyer












Those of you who following horse racing avidly, will know that there has been some commotion regarding jockey Martin Dwyer. This resulted in Dwyer getting a lengthy suspension after it was decided that he prevented his horse (Ice Age) running on its merits at the Mahalaxmi racecourse (India) in February. Horse racing bans in other countries and territories are normally reciprocated by the BHA in the UK. Meaning that a ban in India would also prevent Dwyer from riding in the United Kingdom. 

There has been some controversy over this one in particular – with certain parties feeling that the Indian ban wasn’t fair on Martin Dwyer. Many suggest the ban was largely due to pressure from Indian punters who were deeply disappointed when Age Ice failed to win the race after being heavily backed. 

Paul Struthers who is the Chief Executive of the PJA stated that he felt it was completely unjustified that the jockey was banned at all. Dwyer had been suspended for 8 months by the Royal Western India Turf Club . However, on Saturday the BHA (British Horseracing Authority) decided not to recognise the ban, which means Dwyer, can now race in the UK again. Struthers went on to say: Whilst Martin is obviously relieved not to be facing eight months off, he is both bitterly disappointed and immensely frustrated by today's proceedings and there can be little doubt that he hasn't had a fair hearing. 

"There is absolutely no doubt in our minds that Martin is the victim of a blatant miscarriage of justice and we can only hope that this is rectified by the disciplinary panel of the BHA." 

He has also warned other jockey’s about thinking twice before deciding whether or not to ride in India this winter stating that of course whether they attend or not is of a personal choice to them but they should be more cautious than normal. He advised them to speak to the PJA before making a final decision to race. 

This is even more interesting to those involved in the horse racing industry whether it be jockey’s, trainers or officials as this is very close after another suspension given to the jockey Richard Hughes in 2012. He was given 50 days after it was founded that he didn’t follow the specific instructions of the trainer when riding Jacqueline Smile and essentially not giving himself the best possible chance. It was felt by the panel that there could be no arguing with the instructions that were given to Richard Hughes and therefore essentially it was a closed case and the appeal didn’t overturn the outcome.

 
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