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The Professional Jockeys Association has known as on the British Horseracing Authority to “bring to an end” its investigation into Bryony Frost’s allegations in opposition to fellow rider Robbie Dunne – as a result of it believes a good listening to has turn out to be inconceivable.

Documents had been leaked to a newspaper, and printed over the previous two weeks, and the PJA believes the matter subsequently can not now proceed “however unsatisfactory that is”.

In the leaked paperwork, it emerged Dunne had been charged with “conduct prejudicial to the integrity or good reputation” of racing. Days later, it was revealed a second criticism was made by a feminine rider to the BHA over a safeguarding incident involving a male jockey.

An investigation has been ongoing for greater than a yr – a size of time which the PJA additionally known as “unacceptable”, including that its members are “upset” due to the unfavourable headlines created round their weighing-room tradition.

The assertion learn: “The PJA has a coverage of not commenting on ongoing investigations and has such a coverage out of equity, respect to the method and to pure justice being allowed to be served with out prejudice. The PJA can not subsequently touch upon the case particular particulars however should touch upon the present, deeply regarding scenario.

“The BHA has been conscious of a possible knowledge breach in relation to the leaked paperwork since August, and reported itself at the moment to the Information Commissioners Office. It is significant that the investigation into the information breach is concluded as a matter of urgency, the reason for the information breach recognized and anybody concerned held to account for the misery brought on.

“The size of time taken in bringing this case to a conclusion is unacceptable. Now that materials has been leaked to the media, and the data leaked is the cost letter and accompanying documentation that ought to solely have been accessible to the BHA, Robbie Dunne and his authorized advisers, a good listening to is inconceivable. The matter can not now be permitted to proceed – and we call upon the BHA to convey this matter to an end, nevertheless unsatisfactory that’s.

“The PJA is aware that its membership is upset by the negative headlines about the culture in the weighing room that have been circulating this past week. The PJA understands and sympathises with their frustration, particularly from those female jockeys who have contacted us. We are grateful to them for respecting the process that must be allowed to conclude.

“The PJA printed a Code of Conduct in May, which was the primary of its variety in racing. We anticipate our members to abide by this code. We need to be sure that our sport welcomes everybody and we agree that folks want to be held to account in opposition to a algorithm and codes of anticipated behaviour.

“We do not, however, accept the explicit and implied criticism of our membership as laid out in recent articles. The PJA does accept that there are ‘heat of the moment’ exchanges, not uncommon in sport, that are quickly resolved – and there may also be occasions when behaviours do fall short of the PJA’s Code of Conduct and the Rules of Racing.”

Paul Struthers, PJA Chief Executive, mentioned: “Any individual subjected to behaviour that might constitute a breach of the Rules of Racing or the PJA’s Code Conduct must have the right to pursue a complaint, and that right must be respected. The PJA has no toleration of bullying and does not, and will not, stand idly by when it becomes aware of such conduct.

“When critical allegations are made it’s important that they’re investigated completely and speedily. Equally, a person investigated for potential offences below the Rules of Racing is entitled to be subjected to a good course of and have a good listening to.

“It is surely now impossible for that to happen in this case, however unsatisfactory that is for both parties.”

PA Media has sought a response from the BHA.



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