The Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority on 28th June 2012 held an enquiry to establish whether or not Adam Kirby, the rider of the winner RECKLESS ABANDON, had committed a breach of Schedule (B)6 Part 2 of the Rules of Racing concerning his use of the whip when riding in the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot on 21st June 2012. The matter was referred to the Authority by the Ascot Stewards following an enquiry on the same day because this was Kirby’s fifth offence of mis-use of the whip, warranting a suspension of between 2 to 6 days, in the last 6 months.
The Panel heard evidence from Kirby, who was legally represented, and viewed video recordings of the race.
The Panel accepted Kirby’s admission that he was guilty of misuse of the whip in that he had used his whip above the permitted level.
Taking into account that this was Kirby’s fifth such offence since 16th March 2012, the Panel suspended him from riding for 21 days. The suspension will run from Friday 6th July until Saturday 14th July and Monday 16th July to Friday 27th July 2012 inclusive.
Notes to Editors:
The Panel for the hearing was Patrick Hibbert-Foy (chair), Nicky Vigors, and Philip Curl.