Thursday, 24 October 2013



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India chief accused of bias as BHA publishes Dwyer report

By Graham  Green
Published in the Racing Post  on Tuesday October 22nd 2013. page 2.

ROYAL Western Indian Turf Club appeal board chairman Adi Narielwala was yesterday accused of bias as the BHA published its reason for not reciprocating  the 56-day ban imposed on Martin Dwyer.


"The disciplinary panel ruled the suspension unjust this month and intends sharing its report, which stretches beyond 4,300 words, with the RWITC.


"Dwyer was first disciplined in February over his riding of Ice Age at Mahalaxmi racecourse in Mumbai, a sentence subsequently increased to eight months but then reduced back to 56 days when the outcome of his final appeal was decided on the casting vote of  Narielwala.

"The Derby -winning jockey lodged eight challenges to the RWITC disciplinary process, of which the panel found evidence surrounding   his second appeal the most persuasive.

"Before calling in Dwyer, the tribunal members examined photos and  recordings of the race during which Narielwala expressed the view that, in the report's words, they "would show that Dwyer has been 'tugged the filly inwards' - i.e. had been deliberately steering her into trouble during the race" . He also described Dwyer's ride as "a certain case of malpractice" .


"This, said the panel, was "an unacceptable pre-judgement" by Narielwala, and added: "this panel concludes that a fair-minded and informed observer would think that there was a real possibility of bias on the part of the chairman in the hearing that began within minutes of the views he expressed.


"This bias played a critical part in influencing the outcome of the appeal hearing because Mr Narielwala not only exercised his personal vote in favour of a finding of breach, but also then exercised his casting vote in favour of the  decision which led to the penalty that this panel is asked to reciprocate.


"This was, therefore, a sufficiently serious and material departure from the required standards of fairness to cause this panel to refuse to reciprocate that penalty. "


"RWITC  chairman Khushroo Dhunijibhoy told the Racing Post yesterday: "We have not seen the BHA report but when we have read it I presume we'll be communicating with them.


Dwyer has also been embroiled in fresh controversy, along with Paul  Mulrennan, after allegations of wrongdoing appeared in an Indian newspaper. Both are considering taking a libel action against the Mumbai Mirror over an article that centred on a race at Mahalaxmi in February 2010.


"The story stated the RWITC could not take retrospective action but Dhunijibhoy said: "That's what the papers are saying, that is not the statement of the Club. The stewards are going to deliberate on this on Saturday. "
Graham Cunningham Forthright Views every Friday

J Margaret Clarke Turfcall Comment:

With respect Graham Cunningham belongs in the "Punters Zone of  Global Horseracing " not the "Equus Zone of Global Horseracing" there is a vast difference between these two  Horseracing Zones. Graham is bloodhorse illiterate therefore his opinion as stated in today's Racing Post  page 15  is structured out of context.
"Happy days as sport reaps the benefits of whip reforms
"TWO years have passed since the race that sparked one of the most turbulent periods  in modern racing history.
Graham is not the one being abused by whip tactics of any sort. He is not at the receiving end of punishment as this.
"But the world still turns, and evidence suggests it has turned for the better thanks to a whip rule that enables jockeys to compete aggressively while remaining on the right side (of the bloodhorse illiterate wrong Whip Rules. A wrong rule added to the British Rules of Horseracing by the BHA in October 2011) of acceptable modern horse welfare standards. So say the bloodhorse illiterate.
Few racing fans will forget the fall out from the first Ascot Champions Day 2011 when the BHA ditched a system whereby a whip inquiry was triggered if a horse was struck 13 times for a seven-hit threshold with a potent financial sting in the tail for serious breaches.
"The timing backfired badly when Christophe Soumillon received a lengthy ban and a £50,000  (Fifty thousand pound) fine after winning the Champion Stakes on Cirrus Des Aigles, and what followed put racing under immence public scrutiny.
"Radio phone-ins and newspaper columns  fizzed with righteous indignation, while Ruby Walsh and Richard Hughes led intense opposition to the changes, having fallen foul of a flawed rule that rendered experienced stewards as mere stroke counters with zero discretion.
"Debate continued after the arrival of Paul Bittar as BHA chief executor  early in 2012 - with the authority standing firm behind a seven-hit rule (eight over jumps) from which it couldn't retreat-but a further rewrite just before the Chelteham Festival has had a hugely positive impact.
"Giving stewards discretion in borderline cases and removed severe fines was central to the revamp.
"However, the main reason the whip no longer haunts racing lies in the simple fact jockeys have gradually bought into the new culture and learned to get the best from horses without resorting to the whip ten times or more.
"Data on whip offences between January 1 and Champions Day in the last three years supplied by the BHA's Robin Mounsey makes revealing reading.
"The total number of breaches during that period under the old rule in 2011 was 845 but, despite halving the threshold, those figures reduced to 554 and 482 in 2012 and 2013.
"Technical offences such as using the whip above shoulder height and with excessive force have seen an even more dramatic reduction  from 367 to 94 and 79, while the data for some of Britain's top jockeys is, if you pardon the pun, striking.
Murtagh pinpoints place problem
"JOHNNY MURTAGH has highlighted a point that will strike a chord with many  punters in relation to how the whip rules are applied nowadays.
"Murtagh, who received a seven-day whip ban when winning Saturday's Long Distant Cup on Royal Diamond at Ascot, feels his new role as a trainer has made him look at races with a wider perspective.
"The new rules have been great overall and if it's a close call stewards can now give you a verbal yellow card rather than just ban you, " he says.
"I wouldn't say I've ever lost a race because of worries about going over the limit.  In those circumstances you would usually take the risk, but it's different when you are talking about third and fourth place.
"It's bad for punters if they think a horse hasn't been driven right out to get a place and although the new rules have been great overall there's still that area that's a problem. "
The British Whip Rules have been wrong over decades.  And left wrong over decades. Due to abusive negligent horseracing governments practice.  Now what is needed to put a stop to Bloodhorse Illiteracy rearing its dangerous head in denying all Equus Zone priorities and principals.)
Suggestions to rectify these rules for once and for all time is critical.
We owe it to the young ones who wish and may wish to make a career within British Horseracing's Equus Zone in particular. No one has the right to whip a horse unconditionally.
New British Bloodhorse Literate Equus Zone Whip Rules
i. Whip use be banned in the last furlong of each and every race, Flat and Jumps inclusive.
ii.  Hands and Heels to be the only acceptable way to ride throughout the last furlong of each race,  in each and every finish.
iii. We have the Equus Hands and Heels Series of races already.
New Equus Interference Rules: At present non existent
 i. Interference caused by taking another competitors ground in every which way accidentally or on purpose. Punishment: Immediate disqualification.
ii. Any and all types of  interference caused by careless and dangerous riding
eg: AL KAZEEM partner James Doyle. ELUSIVE KATE partner WILLIAM BUICK. Punishment: Immediate disqualification. (Accurate Equus reasoning to be given)
iii. Interference caused by any and all dirty riding tactics that can cripple and maim both the racehorses and their riders. Punishment: Immediate disqualification.
iv:  Equus careless riding, bad judgement allowing a racehorse to clip heels.  Punishment: Immediate disqualification.
v.  Stewards who fail to provide true Equus Zone facilities and standards of Equus. Leave the Equus out and things like this happen. No way is this acceptable working practice.
vi.  Racecourses who fail to provide true Equus Zone facilities and standards of Equus. And in doing so allow dangerous situations to develop. eg Cheltenham J T McNamara. Both the BHA stewards and Cheltenham management guilty over this one. Leave the Equus out and things like this happen. No way is this acceptable working practice. (Punishment: Immediate disqualification. (meaning from the actual race in question. Not warned off for life, or fined £50,000 Fifty Thousand Pounds.) 
True Equus Horsemanship is a great leveller, and always has been.  
Martin Dwyer: jockey's 56-day India ban will not be reciprocated by BHA
 PICTURE: Getty Images  
Dwyer succeeds in BHA appeal over India ban
 By Lewis Porteous 2:04PM 9 OCT 2013

Martin Dwyer wins appeal as BHA decide not reciprocate Indian ban

Jockey Martin Dwyer will not have to serve 56-day suspension given by Indian authorities after controversy over his riding of Ice Age in February 2013.

The British Horseracing Authority’s refusal to reciprocate a 56-day riding ban imposed on jockey Martin Dwyer by the Royal Western India Turf Club promises to spark an international incident despite the case having already achieved notoriety as an example of stewarding at its worst.
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