Horse Racing

Danny Brock was disqualified for 15 years for corruption and cheating

Former jockey Danny Brock has been banned for 15 years by the independent disciplinary panel of the British Horse Racing Authority (BHA). Brock was found to have broken rules regarding corruption and fraud and he was subject to a BHA disciplinary hearing in December.

Five other individuals—Sean McBride, assistant coach to his father Philip ‘Charlie’ McBride, Luke Olley, Eugene Maloney, Andrew Perring and Luke Howells—were found to have profited from Brock’s corrupt practices and also was tried at a December disciplinary hearing.

The rule violations involved a trio of all-weather races from December 2018 to March 2019. Six other races were reviewed to contrast Brock’s riding style for the win. winning and when not trying. A pattern was found between the results of the races in question and the betting habits of other individuals participating in the hearing.

Five of the six people involved in the charges failed to cooperate with the panel, with Maloney, Perring and Howells excluded from 2020 without an appeal for 15 years for failing to cooperate with the proceedings. None of Olley’s alleged violations can be proven, but he has also been excluded since 2020 for failing to comply with the BHA investigation. Only McBride chose to cooperate with the hearing and give evidence before the panel, and he was banned for seven years. Brock, now a hound trainer, did not attend the hearing.

Horses ridden by Brock in the three races mentioned have been disqualified and his own disqualification will be effective immediately.

The BHA released a statement that read: “This welcome result sends a strong message that such behavior will never be tolerated in British racing.

“The conduct of individuals found infringing in this case risks eroding confidence in our sport and undermining the hard work and dedication of those at home and abroad, who who perform their obligations in good faith.

“It is important that supporters and bettors believe in the fairness and integrity of our sport. At the same time, participants must have absolute confidence that they are competing on a level playing field.

“We are grateful to the jury for their diligence in hearing and ruling on this important case.”

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