THE BHA disciplinary inquiry into racefixing charges against former owner Miles Rodgers, trainer Karl Burke, and jockeys Fergal Lynch and Darren Williams has suffered a further delay after a meeting with lawyers.
Despite what was described as a “constructive” case management hearing on Friday, the inquiry is now not expected to go ahead until July, having originally been pencilled in to start in June.
Instead, the BHA panel will now hear preliminary legal argument over three days from June 8, the date originally earmarked for the inquiry itself.
Friday’s session before Tim Charlton QC, chairman of the disciplinary panel, was attended by BHA lawyers, and those representing Burke and Lynch, but none of the four accused.
A BHA statement said: “The hearing will not be going ahead from June 8 to 19 as originally scheduled. New dates are being examined in July and an announcement will be made when ready.
“June 8, 9 and 11 have been set aside for preliminary legal argument in front of the panel, prior to the full hearing later in the year.” The charges centre on 12 races during a five-month period in 2004, and the operation of various betting accounts, allegedly controlled by Rodgers, and were brought after a BHA review of evidence in the Old Bailey race-fixing trial that collapsed in December 2007..