Jockey Ahern Loses Appeal Against 10-Year Ban

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Reuters
Jockey Eddie Ahern has lost his appeal against a 10-year riding ban for corruption, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) said on Tuesday.

Jockey Eddie Ahern has lost his appeal against a 10-year riding ban for corruption, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) said on Tuesday.

The 35-year-old Irishman was found guilty of conspiring to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice along with owner Neil Clement at a BHA disciplinary hearing in May. Clement, a former professional footballer, was banned for 15 years and fined 3,000 pounds ($4,500).

Ahern was deemed to have intentionally failed to ensure his mount Judgethemoment was ridden on its merits at Lingfield racecourse in January 2011, and passed information for reward.

At May's disciplinary hearing the BHA said it "could not accept that a jockey of Ahern's experience, especially on the all-weather at Lingfield, could have made an error of such an extent".

The BHA did not give further reasons on Tuesday for dismissing Ahern's appeal.