No charges against Harley

Jockey Martin Harley has been informed he is no longer required to attend a British Horseracing Authority disciplinary panel hearing to consider a potential a breach of the rules following a ride at Chelmsford last month.

Martin Harley: No case to answer

The panel was due to decide whether Harley had breached the rule which governs whether all reasonable and permissible measures are taken to ensure a horse runs on its merits, after his mount Rebel Lightning had finished fifth of 13 in a seven-furlong handicap, beaten six lengths behind Curzon Line.

The BHA said the potential breach had been detected by its internal post-race review processes and subsequently reviewed by the disciplinary officer.

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But further internal discussion, together with the preliminary response of Harley, identified that immediately following the race, the rider, at the same time as reporting being denied a clear run, also reported that Rebel Lightning took a wrong step coming off the bend and because of this he waited for his mount to recover.

Upon reviewing this additional information, the BHA said the disciplinary officer was satisfied the rider does not have a case to answer.

BHA spokesman Robin Mounsey said: "Reviewing races after the day is an important part of the BHA's regulatory function. It is an area that we are looking to become more active in as we strive to do more to protect the sport's integrity.

"On the basis of the ride itself and the evidence considered by the team at head office we remain of the view that it was correct to take a further look at this ride, and the charges that ensued were based on this evidence. However, it later became clear that there were two elements of the rider's report to BHA officials on the day. One element had not been recorded.

"Had this information been known we would not have pressed charges, and once the full details were established, the BHA immediately took the decision not to proceed with the charge against Martin Harley.

"We apologise to Martin that the charges were brought in this manner."

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