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  • #20262
    Anonymous
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    … to BHA, as trainer of the controversial “non-trier” Traditional Bob at Chepstow last month. The rider Jodie Mogford‘s ban, though, has been ratified – though reduced to days from 14.

    Surprise, surprise…

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    and apologies for giving McPherson an “A”. He doesn’t deserve it.

    #378247
    bluechariot
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    Nice cover up by the BHA, Mogford takes the rap for the trainer and no embarrassment for the BHA nor MacPherson,does not inspire a lot of confidence in the disciplinary process of said organisation.

    #378249
    eddie case
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    Took less than 90 secs according to ATR. Good to see the Benny Hill Authority have so much confidence in their local stewards.

    #378250
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    The BHA offered no representation against the grounds of appeal, all agreed beforehand

    TRADITIONAL BOB (IRE) – GRAEME MCPHERSON & JODIE MOGFORD

    CHEPSTOW THIRD OCTOBER MEETING, 2011
    The toteplacepot Novices’ Hurdle Race

    The Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority on 17 November 2011 considered appeals lodged by Jodie Mogford, the rider of TRADITIONAL BOB (IRE), and Graeme McPherson, the trainer of TRADITIONAL BOB (IRE), against the decision of the Chepstow Stewards on 25 October 2011 to find Mogford in breach of Rule (B)59.2 of the Rules of Racing and to suspend him from riding for 14 days, to find McPherson in breach of Rule (C)45.4 and fine him £3,000, and to suspend TRADITIONAL BOB (IRE) from running for 40 days.

    The Panel heard representation from McPherson on behalf of himself and Mogford. It also viewed recordings of the race, two of which were not seen by the Chepstow Stewards on the day.

    McPherson addressed the Panel that the appeals should be upheld on the basis that Mogford’s riding of TRADITIONAL BOB (IRE) was a breach of Rule (B)59.4 and a failure on his part to take all reasonable and permissible measures, rather than a breach of Rule (B)59.2 for having schooled TRADITIONAL BOB (IRE).

    The BHA offered no representation against the grounds of appeal and the facts as set out by McPherson.

    The Panel found that on the evidence given by McPherson and Mogford at Chepstow on the day, where McPherson could find nothing wrong with Mogford’s riding, a finding of a breach of Rules (B)59.2 and (C)45.4 and by the Chepstow Stewards would have been understandable.

    The Panel now accepts that McPherson, having reviewed the recordings of the race, concurs with the Stewards’ opinion of Mogford’s failure to make timely, real and substantial effort in the latter stages of the race, but that the failure amounts to a breach of Rule (B)59.4. Being satisfied that McPherson had not given instructions to his rider to school the horse and that the instructions that he had given had not led to Mogford’s failing to take all reasonable and permissible measures, the Panel upheld McPherson’s appeal and quashed the finding of a breach of Rule (C)45.4 against him. In accepting an admission from Mogford of a breach of Rule (B)59.4, the Panel upheld his appeal in part and quashed the finding under Rule (B)59.2 against him. In respect of the breach of Rule (B)59.4 the Panel imposed a suspension of 7 days upon Mogford from Friday 25 November to Thursday 1 December 2011 inclusive. The Panel further ordered the suspension on TRADITIONAL BOB (IRE) from running to be lifted with immediate effect.

    Patrick Hibbert-Foy
    Charles Warde-Aldam
    Hopper Cavendish

    17 November 2011

    #378266
    Hurdygurdyman
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    To be fair this is a good result. After all the horse wasn’t stopped it just started late :roll:

    #378323
    andyod
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    Surely the local stewards shold be penalized for their absurd error? As the trainer himself said he is an honorable man.

    #378337
    bluechariot
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    From todays RP.

    "The BHA would not comment on whether they would use McPherson in future but the trainer said he would be very disappointed if they did not"

    It is frightening that a QC cannot see the conflict of interest.

    How can one be a prosecutor for the BHA and a trainer at the same time.

    #378404
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    Just started late. Not clear.Started to run, race,make his effort,what exactly did he start late and was that late for the official start or late starting to catch up? Surely some better explanation is expected from the trainer? Was that the original explanation? or the one for the appeal?

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    The Racing Post, in one of its latest offerings on the matter, seemed inexplicably to be more interested, in its headline and story, about the fact that the decision meant he would not lose his coveted QC status because of the alleged offence.

    #378501
    bluechariot
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    You must admire the loyalty of McPherson in sticking by Mogford, he has booked him for one tomorrow

    Nick Luck on the morning line regarding McPherson wearing 2 hats "you couldn’t make it up"

    Where are the usual BHA defenders, they have gone very quiet the last few days.

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