Jockeys Hit With Bans

Included in the five Flat jockeys who have been handed down seven-day bans for non attendance at the mandatory Professional Jockeys' Association seminars are Royston Ffrench and Vince Slattery, with another three jockeys receiving ten-day exclusions.

Royston Ffrench

Royston Ffrench

All riders, with the exclusion of 7lb claiming apprentices, were notified by the BHA that they were required to be present at a Flat jockeys' seminar and telling them of the suitable venues and times.

Ffrench, Slattery, Kylie Manser, Steve Carson and Patrick Mathers have all received inclusive bans that will run from Friday 16 July to Thursday 22 July, after the BHA disciplinary panel enquiry did not accept their individual accounts for failing to attend a compulsory seminar.

Jamie Jones, James O'Reilly and Jose de Souza received inclusive bans running from 16 July to Sunday 25 July after not supplying the panel with any explanation whatsoever. The panel ruled the suspended jockeys were in breach of Rule (A)31.1.1.

The panel accepted jockey John Egan's explanation, that he was not aware of the compulsory seminars as his jockeys' licence had not been renewed until three days prior to the last seminar, and he was cleared of the charges.

However, after failing to furnish a complete explanation of his mobile phone activity at Chester on 7 May, the panel found Egan to be in breach of Rule 140B.

Egan's account that he was no longer in possession of the phone registered on his licence and that he had been incapable of obtaining his replacement phone records, was accepted by the panel who imposed a £750 fine on the jockey.

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