Notice of an Appeal (T. Marquand) to be heard by the Disciplinary Panel on Monday 8 August

Notice of an Appeal (T. Marquand) to be heard by the Disciplinary Panel on Monday 8 August

05/08/2022 @ 12:00:00

9.30 am - Tom Marquand

The independent Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority will convene on Monday 8 August 2022 to hear an Appeal brought by Tom Marquand, the rider of ROCCHIGIANI, against the decision of the Stewards at Goodwood on 29 July 2022 to find him guilty of careless riding and to suspend him for 3 days following the Bonhams Thoroughbred Stakes (Class 1) (Group 3).

An enquiry was held to consider the placings following an objection from Raphael Freire, the trainer of HOTLINE BLING (IRE), placed fifth, ridden by Manuel Martinez, to the winner, ROCCHIGIANI, ridden by Tom Marquand, on the grounds of interference approximately 1 ½ furlongs out. The Stewards considered that the interference had not improved ROCCHIGIANI’s placing as the interference occurred with sufficient distance from the winning post at a time when Marquand had raced from behind HOTLINE BLING (IRE) and was passing the colt at the time to easily win by 4 ½ lengths which was more than the momentum lost as a result of the interference. Marquand was suspended for 3 days for careless riding as he failed to leave sufficient room for the 2 runners on his inside at the dog leg causing Martinez to become short for room and have to take a check.

Notes to Editors:

1. The Panel for the Appeal will be: HH James O'Mahony, Tim Etherington and Steve Winfield. 

2. The Judicial Panel currently operates with hearings being heard via zoom. Details can be viewed here.

3. As referenced in the above, media wishing to attend remote hearings must read and agree in writing to the media protocol, which is also available here. To express interest in attending a remote hearing, please contact Mark Scully via

Please note, the BHA Judicial Panel is an independent body which encompasses the Disciplinary Panel, Appeal Board and Licensing Committee. It receives administrative support from the BHA via the Judicial Panel Secretary. 
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