Jockey Robbie Dunne has been found guilty of bullying and harassing fellow rider Bryony Frost over a seven-month period, the British Horseracing Authority’s (BHA) independent disciplinary panel ruled on Thursday.
The panel heard evidence about horse racing’s “weighing-room culture”, which its chair, Brian Barker QC, described as coercive.
Dunne, 36, was found in breach of four counts of conduct prejudicial to the integrity and reputation of horse racing between Feb. 13, 2020 and Sept. 3, 2020.
The three-person panel found Dunne guilty of distasteful targeting and deliberate harassment on and off the course, and ruled that there had been “occasional cases of dangerous bullying”.
Dunne was found by the panel to have threatened Frost by promising to “put her through a wing (of a fence)” and he was also accused of using misogynistic language towards her.
“Our conclusion on the whole of the evidence is that a course of deliberate conduct over a significant period of time has been revealed,” Barker said.
“On the examination of Ms Frost’s evidence and demeanour we find her to be truthful, thoughtful and compelling. By taking her complaint to the authority she has broken the code (of the weighing room), knowing that her isolation, and rejection by some, was inevitable.
“…The weighing room culture… is deep-rooted and coercive, and in itself not conducive to the good health and development of modern-day race-riding.”
Dunne had denied two of the three counts of violent or improper behaviour towards Frost, 26, and all four prejudicial conduct charges, including bullying and harassing.
Frost became the first woman to win the King George VI Chase in December last year and the first woman to ride a top-level Grade One Cheltenham Festival winner in March 2019.
A decision on a penalty for Dunne will follow, the BHA said https://twitter.com/BHAPressOffice/status/1468923423187509255.
(Reporting by Hritika Sharma in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis)
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