Trainer permanently excluded from British racing after seven breaches of BHA safeguarding rules

12th October, 2021 1:01 pm

Trainer Johnny Farrelly has been permanently excluded from British racing after being found in breach of seven safeguarding offences.

Farrelly, who has been operating as a trainer since 2013 from his Somerset base, will be banned from October 5 and he has the right to review the finding. Farrelly has yet to comment on the matter.

The former jockey was found to be in breach of six offences under regulation four of the British Horseracing Authority’s (BHA) safeguarding regulations, which deal with prohibited conduct and the protection of young persons and adults at risk, and a further offence under regulation six.

The verdict follows a five-day hearing in front of the National Safeguarding Panel (NSP), who had been sent the case by the British Horseracing Authority.

Tim Naylor, director of integrity and regulation for the BHA, said: “Everyone who works in British racing must be willing to call out and stand up to any behaviours which fall short of the values of openness, inclusivity and respect on which our sport is built.

“We are extremely grateful to the people who came forward in this case to highlight the concerns which eventually led to today’s finding. It was as a result of the brave actions of these people, reporting concerns via the sport’s confidential RaceWISE reporting line, that we have been able to successfully bring this case to a conclusion.

“This was a lengthy and complex investigation which called deeply on the expertise of the sport’s dedicated safeguarding unit, who deserve great praise. It also utilised the independent expertise of the National Safeguarding Panel to ensure that any verdict was provided by a fully independent, specialised arbitration process.

“We cannot comment further on the details of the case as they are confidential and we are bound by the NSP’s rules around disclosure.”

Farrelly trained 19 winners in the 2020-21 season from 148 runners and his biggest career success has come in the Listed Future Stars Intermediate Chase with Amore Alato in 2016.

Source: Johnny Farrelly: Trainer permanently excluded from British racing after seven breaches of BHA safeguarding rules | Racing News | Sky Sports September 2021

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