BHA maps out Dwyer process
British Horseracing Authority officials have issued an update on the latest developments in the case involving Martin Dwyer.
British Horseracing Authority officials have stressed that all appeal avenues open to Martin Dwyer in India must be exhausted before it can consider any application not to reciprocate the eight-month riding ban handed out by the Royal Western India Turf Club this week.
Dwyer's ban rose from an original 56 days, which he was already appealing, after the RWITC stewards handed the jockey a hefty extension following the race in question at Mahalaxmi racecourse in Mumbai in February, when favourite Ice Age was adjudged not to have been ridden on its merits.
In Dwyer's defence he reported the filly bled from the nose and video evidence suggested Ice Age drifted towards the rail causing him to snatch up.
Dwyer is waiting for written notification for reasons of the new punishment, after which he can then appeal. The RWITC has stated it expects any punishment to be reciprocated.
The BHA statement read: "BHA is in contact with both the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) and Martin Dwyer. This ongoing contact has been made with the objective that both BHA and Dwyer are fully informed of the relevant circumstances, and to ensure that Dwyer is clear on, and able to comply with, the processes required for him to proceed with his appeal in India.
"Although contact has been made with the RWITC, no written notification or explanation has been received as yet regarding the findings and penalty in this particular case. BHA has been informed that should Martin Dwyer's appeal not be successful, RWITC would only at that stage formally notify BHA of the outcome of the case and the findings.
"The RWITC has indicated that at the same time they would request that BHA reciprocate any penalty imposed on Dwyer.
"In the meantime, BHA recognises as a priority the benefits of establishing from the RWITC whether the proposed commencement date of the suspension, August 31, would remain even if the appeal had not yet been heard. BHA would not expect that to be the case.
"BHA director of raceday operations and regulation Jamie Stier has been in contact with Martin Dwyer and advised him of the processes that would need to take place should his RWITC appeal be unsuccessful and he subsequently wish to make an application that any suspension not be reciprocated by BHA.
"Should this be the case, any application would be heard by the disciplinary panel, as clearly set out in the panel's terms of reference. Within BHA's structure, it is only the disciplinary panel which can determine any application for non-reciprocation of penalties imposed on British riders when riding abroad.
"BHA's rules on reciprocity are clear and reflect those recommended by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) for best practice in such circumstances. The appeal process in the jurisdiction issuing the penalty must be exhausted before an application not to reciprocate could be considered. The fact that the RWITC is not a signatory to the IFHA's International Agreement is not relevant in this context.
"In the event that any suspension imposed is due to commence before the application for non-reciprocation can be heard, there is provision in the rules that the commencement of the suspension may be deferred pending any hearing and subsequent disciplinary panel decision on the application.
"A decision on whether this deferral is appropriate would also be made by the disciplinary panel."