An Appeal (I.Francis) and an Enquiry (N.Alexander) To Be Heard By The Disciplinary Panel on Friday 7 May 2021

An Appeal (I.Francis) and an Enquiry (N.Alexander) To Be Heard By The Disciplinary Panel on Friday 7 May 2021

06/05/2021 @ 12:00:00

The independent Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority will convene on Friday 7 May to hear the following:

9:30am-Isobel Francis Appeal against finding and penalty 

27 April 2021 - Brighton

Appeal by Isobel Francis, the rider of HONEY POT (IRE), placed fourth, against the decision of the Stewards who found that she had appeared to stop riding shortly before the winning post to be beaten a nose for third place. After being interviewed and shown recordings of the incident, Ms Francis was suspended for 7 days for failing to take all reasonable and permissible measures to obtain the best possible placing on a horse that could have finished third.

12.00pm - Nicholas Alexander trainer of MANETTI (IRE)

Whether licensed trainer and Responsible Person Nicholas Alexander is in breach of Rule(K)1 (Presence of a Prohibited Substance) of the Rules of Racing due to the presence of Prohibited Substances Methylprednisolone in a post-race sample taken from MANETTI (IRE) following the horse’s run in the New Year Raceday on 2nd January Novices’ HandicapChase (Class 4) at Ayr on 13 November 2019.

Whether, as its post-race sample tested positive for Prohibited Substances, MANETTI(IRE) should be disqualified from the relevant race under Rule (L)47.4 (Horse Disqualifications).

Notes to Editors:

1. The Panel for the Enquiries will be: HH Brian Barker CBE QC, Tim Etherington and Steve Winfield. 

2. Due to the current situation and resulting difficulties arising from the corona virus, temporary changes have been made to how the Judicial Panel operates. Initial changes can be seen in a statement here issued on 1 April, with a further operational update issued on 1 June here.

3. As referenced in the above, media wishing to attend remote hearings must read and agree in writing to the media protocol referenced in the update issued on 1 June, which is also available here. To express interest in attending a remote hearing, please contact Robin Mounsey 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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