Notice of an Appeal to be heard by the Disciplinary Panel on Thursday 1 July 2021

Notice of an Appeal to be heard by the Disciplinary Panel on Thursday 1 July 2021

24/06/2021 @ 15:00:00

Time TBC - Dragon Symbol

The independent Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority will convene on Thursday 1 July 2021 to hear an Appeal brought by Archie Watson, trainer of DRAGON SYMBOL (GB), against the decision of the Stewards at Royal Ascot on 18 June 2021 to reverse the placings following interference in the Commonwealth Cup.  It is noted that the 4 days for careless riding received by Oisin Murphy is not being appealed.

An enquiry was held to consider the placings in this race following interference over the final furlong and a half when the winner, DRAGON SYMBOL, ridden by Oisin Murphy, interfered with CAMPANELLE (IRE), placed second, ridden by Frankie Dettori. The Stewards considered that the interference had improved DRAGON SYMBOL’s placing as at the time of interference, both horses were travelling equally as well, and they believed that the distance lost by CAMPANELLE who was taken notably off her intended line and bumped on a minimum of two occasions, equated to more than the head by which she was beaten. They ordered the placings to be revised as follows: CAMPANELLE (IRE), first, DRAGON SYMBOL, second

Notes to Editors:

1. The Panel for the Appeal hearing 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 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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