Darren Egan’s flat racing career has been left in jeopardy after being disqualified from the sport for 12 years by The British Horseracing Authority, for riding horses to lose, writes Sam Murley.
The 23-year-old, who was considered one of the most promising apprentices when he emerged on the scene of British Flat racing in 2012, was handed the lengthy ban after a disciplinary panel found him guilty of breaching rules relating to running horses on their merit and inside information.
The BHA-appointed panel looked at races from June and July in 2013 and ‘came to the view that all the allegations of breach of the rules of racing were clearly established’.
Egan, who was living in Newmarket during the time of the alleged breaches, and unlicensed individual Philip Langford, neither of whom attended a hearing at the BHA’s headquarters in November, were found guilty and disqualified from racing, although their penalties were not determined at the time.
However, after releasing their reasons behind their findings last month, the BHA have now confirmed the punishments with a 12-year disqualification being imposed on Egan running from November 23, 2015 until November 22, 2027 inclusive.
Meanwhile, Mr Langford has been handed an indefinite exclusion order, while no application by him for a removal of the exclusion should be entertained for 15 years.
The most serious of Egan’s charges - relating to the general requirement for a horse to be run on its merits and obtain the best possible placing - could have carried a suspension of between five and 25 years.
Egan demonstrated his potential by riding 47 winners during 2012, but missed out on challenging for the apprentice title after suffering a broken collarbone at the end of that season.