BHA Finds No Case To Answer
Following no formal statement and no complaint to the BHA from Matthew Hopkins and the lack of conflicting evidence to that which was provided by myself, I am pleased to report that the BHA have closed the case against me involving allegations made by Matthew Hopkins to the PJA. I would like to thank the NTF and Racing Welfare for their support of myself and that of my team during this difficult time, along with the support I have received from owners, trainers, jockeys and their agents. All their good wishes and advice have helped us all carry on with what we love doing, training horses and winning races. My team of loyal staff have been incredible throughout. I just cannot thank them enough. The manner in which NASS and the PJA have conducted themselves following an allegation from one of their members deeply troubles me and I feel that some changes are needed moving forward so this cannot happen again. There is in place a pre-existing grievance procedure agreed between NASS, the PJA and the NTF so all parties can work together, when and if needed. This was not brought into action by Mr Struthers and George Mc Grath and quite frankly I feel NASS and the PJA have done their own member more harm than good. Trainers, stable staff, apprentice jockeys and fully licensed jockeys enjoy close working relationships on a daily basis, hour on hour and side by side. They need to be able to continue this arrangement without damage being brought upon them by those very same people who should be there to protect and advise them correctly. My current apprentice Russell Harris has heard nothing from Mr Struthers ( PJA) even following his recent two wins, of which one was his very first winner. My existing team of dedicated staff, have received no support from George Mc Grath ( NASS). Thankfully, Lesley Graham and her team at Racing Welfare have supported them all, and will continue to do so as will I.