Permanently banned horse racing trainer Johnny Farrelly to appeal

Johnny Farrelly has been 'permanently excluded' from horse racing in Britain for breaking safeguarding regulations.

The trainer, who has sent out 130 winners since 2013 from his Somerset yard, was found in breach of six offences under Regulation 4 and one under Regulation 6 of the British Horseracing Authority's Safeguarding Regulations.

Farrelly, a former Cheltenham Festival-winning jockey, was handed the ban after a five-day National Safeguarding Panel hearing.

After the case he said he intended to appeal.

A statement from the BHA said: "As a result of this finding, Mr Farrelly has been permanently excluded from British racing with the right to review not before a period of seven years has elapsed. The exclusion will commence from 5 October 2021.

"The BHA and all parties are bound by the NSP’s rules around disclosure. As part of their ruling, the NSP have agreed that the finding of exclusion against the trainer may be publicised, but there can be no further disclosure of the details of the case.

"Mr Farrelly has the right to appeal the finding."

Section 4 of the safeguarding measures covers prohibited conduct and the protection of young persons and adults at risk.

In Section 6, it looks at cooperation with BHA investigators and the prevention of “detriment on the ground or belief that [a] Person or party has reported a safeguarding concern.”

Tim Naylor, director of integrity and regulation for the BHA, added: “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.”

Primarily a jumps trainer, Farrelly has had five winners this year and has a total of 19 on the Flat in his career, which began eight years ago.

In a statement issued on his behalf by the National Trainers Federation, he said: "I intend to appeal against today's findings and will therefore make no further comment about the hearing.

"I would also like it to be known that a police investigation concluded with no charges in relation to my conduct."

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