Asleep At The Wheel? British Horseracing Authority Doesn’t Show Up To Paralyzed Jockey Lawsuit

In his regular Monday commentary, the Racing Post‘s Chris Cook expressed his lamentations at the fact that the British Horseracing Authority did not bother to have a representative present at last week’s High Court case in which paralyzed jockey Freddy Tylicki filed a lawsuit against rider Graham Gibbons for negligence that resulted in his injury.

On the line is not only the difficulty of ensuring jockeys have insurance coverage if the judge orders a payout to Tylicki, but also that several members of the racing community, both a jockey and a steward, spoke on the stand about the “code of conduct among jockeys” that often prevents them from speaking up.

“Readers of the Racing Post were better briefed about what went on than the folk who run the game,” Cook wrote. “A BHA presence last week would have been a reassuring sign that in fact the sport is well run and its top people can tell what really matters. Instead, I’m left imagining a group of people chiseling away in their own little silos and nobody sticking their head outside to see if there’s something that might need to be dealt with.”

The BHA sent the following reply to the Racing Post after the publication of Cook’s commentary: “The suggestion that the BHA has not identified the significance of this hearing is entirely incorrect. Alongside any detailed judgement issued by the judge, a full transcript of the proceedings has been requested which will allow the BHA to take the time to study the proceedings in detail and carefully reflect on any items of concern.”

Read more at racingpost.com.

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