Notice of a Referral (D. Brock) and an Appeal (A. Haynes) to be heard by the Disciplinary Panel on Thursday 22 July 2021

Notice of a Referral (D. Brock) and an Appeal (A. Haynes) to be heard by the Disciplinary Panel on Thursday 22 July 2021

21/07/2021 @ 12:00:00

The independent Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority will convene on Thursday 29 April to hear the following:

9.30 am - Danny Brock 

Danny Brock, the rider of the winner SOLOMONS JUDGEMENT (IRE), in the Ministry of Sound Classical 21st August Handicap Stakes at Chelmsford City on 4 July 2021, used his whip above the permitted level inside the final 1½ furlongs. As the offence warranted a suspension of between 2 and 6 days and taking into account that this was the rider’s fifth such suspension within the previous 6 months, Brock was referred to the Head Office of the British Horseracing Authority.

10.30am - Alice Haynes

An appeal against the decision of the stewards at Nottingham on 24 June 2021 to reverse the placings in the Racing TV Profits Returned To Racing Handicap Stakes. An enquiry was held to consider the placings in this race after interference inside the final furlong involving the winner, MUHALHEL (IRE), ridden by Kieran O’Neill and DICKENS (IRE), placed second, ridden by David Probert. The Stewards considered that the interference had improved MUHALHEL (IRE)’s placing as DICKENS (IRE) had been moved off its line of running and had been unbalanced in the process when bumped twice by MUHALHEL (IRE) which caused the horse to lose momentum and it cost it more than the nose by which it was beaten. The placings were revised as follows: First, DICKENS (IRE); Second, MUHALHEL (IRE). Kieran O’Neill was suspended for 2 days for careless riding, but this was not appealed.

Notes to Editors:

1. The Panel for the hearings will be: HH Philip Curl, Rachel Spearing and Lyn Griffiths. 

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 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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