The Judicial Panel Chairman, His Honour Brian Barker CBE QC, has approved the following penalties under the British Horseracing Authority fast-track system:
£200 fine - A breach of Rule (D)28 of the Rules of Racing in that when ROCKY SEA (IRE) ran at Wolverhampton on 19 March 2022 he had not informed the Racing Calendar Office that the horse had been gelded before the deadline as required.
The Chairman has taken into account his explanation that he spoke to a veterinary officer in 2020 of which there is no record. He also noted that the horse had been declared as a colt on four previous occasions prior to Wolverhampton.
£3,500 fine - A breach of Rule (B)46 of the Rules of Racing, with reference to BHAGI 3.4 (Course layout) in that the racecourse failed to ensure that all running rails were checked properly before each race.
On 13 June 2022 the Stewards held an enquiry into the circumstances surrounding a section of running rail being down during the running of race 4 The Every Race Live on Racing TV Classified Stakes (Class 6) at Nottingham. During the Stewards enquiry it was explained that the course crossing was usually manned from both sides. However, prior to the race, the Veterinary Officer (VO) had to cross the track to the stables and therefore the section of railing was taken down but not replaced prior to the race due to it being manned by only one person. It was confirmed during the enquiry that railings should be checked before every race.
On 20 June 2022 Nottingham Racecourse provided a report into the circumstances surrounding the railing being down. The report explained that the VO had crossed over the section of course in order to get to the stable yard. However, after crossing the course, the section of railing was not put back into position when the VO returned prior to race 4.
In order to prevent a similar matter occurring, the Chairman noted that Nottingham Racecourse proposed ensuring that the crossing is manned from both sides with extra radio communication as to when the crossing is opened and closed. Prior to each race, a selected personnel on the crossing will radio the Head Groundsman to confirm that the crossing is closed as the horses leave the parade ring.
Notes to Editors:
1. Fast-tracked cases are heard by the Judicial Panel Chairman, His Honour Brian Barker C.B.E. QC. More information about the fast-track system can be found here.
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.