BHA pledges to support Oisin Murphy in jockey’s rehabilitation bid | Horse racing news


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Oisin Murphy banned from racing for 14 months

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The BHA said it would “offer all support” to Oisin Murphy after the three-time champion jockey was banned from racing for 14 months on Tuesday.

An independent court panel has ruled the three-time champion jockey will not be able to reapply for a driver’s license for 14 months, retroactive to December 8, with 11 months granted for Covid breaches and conduct damaging to reputation sports plus an additional 100 days for two positive blood alcohol tests.

Murphy was handed three 11-month suspensions for the two offenses of Covid and conduct detrimental to the sport’s reputation, all to run concurrently, while he received ten days for what amounted to a second positive alcohol for his test in Chester on May 5. 2021 and another 90 days for its third positive recorded at Newmarket on October 8, totaling another 100 days.

Murphy, 26, can return to racing on February 16, 2023 and told the High Holborn panel on Tuesday how the effect of the double pressure from the Championship Jockeys and the BHA investigation into his breach of Covid protocols has led to his drinking spiraling “out of control”.

In a statement, the BHA said: “The rule violations by Mr Murphy were extremely serious, reckless and potentially incredibly damaging to the sport. They risked endangering his fellow jockeys and participants in the racing industry.

“The BHA is proud of the way the industry has adapted to the challenges caused by the Covid-19 pandemic and the way racing has been able to quickly and successfully restart behind closed doors. Mr Murphy’s actions put it at risk.

“They also happened at a time when so many people were making great sacrifices to follow the rules and protocols set out by UK governments and the racing industry.

“Mr. Murphy also acted with premeditation to mislead the racing industry and the public regarding his whereabouts, as well as BHA investigators.

“However, we also recognize that Mr. Murphy subsequently made a full public admission to these breaches and did not seek to challenge the rule violations during today’s hearing. He also made a full admission complete and candid about his personal battles.

“All of these issues were considered by the Independent Panel in its decisions regarding a sanction for Mr. Murphy.

“While it is important that this penalty be served and that Mr. Murphy’s fouls be considered executed, we also ask all involved in the sport to respect the admissions he has made about his physical well-being and mental illness and his need for rehabilitation. The BHA will offer whatever support Mr. Murphy requests in this ongoing process.”


Learn more about Oisin Murphy:

Oisin Murphy banned from riding for 14 months after Covid and alcohol violations

The rise and fall of Oisin Murphy: from boy wonder to Classic winner to being ‘out of control’

William Buick has every chance of claiming his first flat jockey crown after Murphy’s ban

Lee Mottershead: Murphy was honest with himself – but his past lies deserved a hefty penalty (Members’ Club)


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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 6:09 PM, FEBRUARY 22, 2022

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