No charge for Harley to answer over Lightning ride

Martin Harley: no charge to answer

PICTURE: Mark Cranham ( No charge for Harley to answer over ride By David Baxter 12:46PM 3 DEC 2016

MARTIN HARLEY will not face a BHA disciplinary hearing over his ride aboard Rebel Lightning at Chelmsford last month.

The pair finished fifth of 13 in a 7f handicap, beaten six lengths when not enjoying a clear run. Although no inquiry was held by the raceday stewards, a potential breach was raised by the BHA's internal post-race review processes.

Harley was facing a hearing over whether he intentionally failed to ride Richard Spencer's three-year-old to its merits, but that charge has now been dropped.

Having already told the raceday clerk of the scales of his difficulties in running, Harley also revealed that Rebel Lightning took a wrong step coming off the bend, and he gave him time to recover.

The BHA disciplinary officer reviewed the preliminary information, and was satisfied that Harley did not have a case to answer.

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