Lengthy ban looks imminent for Egan

LENGTHY BAN: Darren Egan
LENGTHY BAN: Darren Egan

The British Horseracing Authority have released their reasoning behind charging flat racing jockey Darren Egan after he was found guilty of riding horses to lose.

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, is facing a lengthy ban from the sport 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 
immediately disqualified from racing, although their penalties have yet to be determined.

The most serious of those charges - relating to the general requirement for a horse to be run on its merits and obtain the best possible placing - has 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.

The length of the period of disqualification (in Egan’s case) and of exclusion (in Mr Langford’s case) will be determined after all parties have considered the reasons outlined by the BHA last week.