Jockey Robbie Dunne who called fellow rider a ‘f****** sl*t’ gets 18-month ban

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Jockey Robbie Dunne has been suspended for 18 months after bullying a fellow rider and calling them a "f****** sl*t'.

The English rider was found in breach of all four counts of conduct prejudicial to horseracing after a disciplinary panel of the British Horseracing Authority found him guilty of bullying and harassing Bryony Frost.

Dunne, 42, was charged with seven breaches in total, including violent and threatening behaviour such as putting her "through a wing [of a fence]".

He also allegedly called Frost misogynistic terms such as "f****** wh***", "f****** sl*t" and "dangerous c***", with the incidents taking place between February and September 2020.

An independent three-person panel, chaired by Brian Barker QC, found the four prejudicial conduct breaches to have been proven, while the latter three are yet to be considered.

The three person panel adjourned to consider a verdict on Wednesday before returning on Thursday to inform Dunne that his license has been suspended as a result of the incidents.

Barker said: "Our conclusion on the whole of the evidence is that a course of deliberate conduct over a significant period of time has been revealed.

"This has progressed from distasteful targeting to deliberate harassment on and off the course and onwards to occasional cases of dangerous bullying.

"We find that the words used on September 3 were, as a promise, to cause real harm – over and above the usual jockey mantra of 'murdering'.

"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."

Frost in 2019 became the first female jockey to win a Grade One race over obstacles at Cheltenham.

She had been riding in a race at Warwick at the time when Barker was delivering the panel's decision, having emerged as a seven-length winner aboard Graystone.

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