• Horse Racing

Dwyer ban not upheld in Britain

ESPN staff
October 9, 2013
Dwyer can race in Britain during his ban © Getty Images

Martin Dwyer has succeeded in an appeal to the British Horse Racing Authority (BHA) to not reciprocate his 56-day ban imposed in India.

Dwyer drew the ire of racegoers in Mumbai on February 17 after narrowly finishing third on market leader Ice Age at Mahalaxmi race course.

His initial suspension was increased to eight months in August by stewards of the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC), who decreed Dwyer's punishment must be sterner after he was ruled to have not ridden the filly on her merits - but was then returned to the initial eight weeks on appeal.

"I'm relieved it's all over," Dwyer said. "It's felt like I've served months of mental torture.

"I've fought this the whole way and I'm just pleased to have come out the right side, It's been quite draining.

"When you've done nothing wrong, you've got to fight to clear your name and I think I've done that now."

The BHA's director of race day operations, James Steer, said: "It was the BHA's view that there were a number of areas during the process which fell short of being demonstrably fair.

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