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Result of a Disciplinary Panel hearing (Richie McGrath and Mark Aspey)

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The Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) have today returned their verdict from the hearing involving former licensed jockey Richie McGrath and registered person Mark Aspey which commenced on March 23 and completed on March 27 2015.

The Panel’s decision is as follows:

Having considered the evidence and arguments put forward in the recent inquiry concerning Mark Aspey and Richie McGrath, the Disciplinary Panel reached the following results. The allegation of breach by Aspey and McGrath of Rule (A)41.2 was not found to be proved and was dismissed. The Panel did find that Richie McGrath was in breach of Rule (B)58 in the sense explained in (B)59.2 in one instance – the ride of RUMBLE OF THUNDER at Fakenham on 1 January 2011. But this was a breach of the least serious kind, described in the Guide to Procedures and Penalties as a schooling run. In other words it was a free-standing breach of the Rule and not a part of any conspiracy to ride to lose if necessary, which was the allegation made by the Rule (A)41.2 charge. Full reasons for the Panel’s findings will be published in a few days.

The Panel will now consider submissions as to how penalties – if appropriate - will be dealt with.

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