Charlie Bennett: effectively appealed towards a clumsy driving ban

Mark Cranham

The BHA has come beneath fireplace from the Skilled Jockeys Affiliation over its dealing with of a 12-day careless driving ban given to Charlie Bennett which on Thursday used to be overturned on enchantment.

PJA leader government Paul Struthers wondered the ban passed out through Kempton stewards and the BHA’s choice to contest the enchantment.

Raceday stewards at Kempton on February 6 discovered Bennett accountable of careless driving in an incident which left fellow jockey Robert Havlin in clinic with a damaged collarbone and cracked rib and his mount, Beehaar, fatally injured.

On the other hand, the ban used to be overturned with the approaching in combination between Havlin and Bennett’s horses deemed unintentional.

The incident came about at Kempton

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In a commentary, Struthers expressed sadness an enchantment needed to be heard. He stated: “We believed this situation used to be remarkable, that the stewards’ conclusion that Charlie had ‘edged left with out correction when now not sufficiently transparent’ used to be palpably fallacious. 

“We felt this used to be so glaring that we invited the BHA to quash the discovering the usage of its powers beneath Rule (B)18 which might have have shyed away from the desire for a disciplinary panel listening to in any respect.”

Responding to the feedback made through Struthers, a BHA spokesperson stated: “The stewards at Kempton needed to believe a major incident of doable interference which resulted in the deadly damage to Beehaar and a major damage to rider Rab Havlin. Their judgement at the day used to be that Charlie Bennett used to be accountable of careless driving.

“The rationale we have now an enchantment machine, inside of an impartial judicial machine which is admired and copied in different sports activities since its reform in British racing in 2016, is to supply members with a good, clear solution to problem authentic choices in the event that they really feel them to be unsuitable or in the event that they really feel arduous carried out through.”

Bennett, expressed his delight with the decision and is hoping to position the incident at the back of him: He stated: “I hated the theory of interesting and used to be completely gutted for Rab and the pony, however I simply couldn’t perceive why they’d discovered me in breach. 

“I used to be massively relieved Rab’s accidents weren’t extra severe and I am hoping he’s again quickly. I’m simply happy that is over and I will put it at the back of me.”

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