Champion Murphy hands in his licence

Champion jockey Oisin Murphy has relinquished his riding licence with immediate effect while he engages “fully with medical support” following charges from the BHA.

In a joint-statement with the British Horseracing Authority details of charges against Murphy for several rule breaches were released including breaking coronavirus protocols in September.

Murphy said in the statement: “On returning from abroad last September in 2020 I failed to follow the Covid protocol set out by the BHA. In breaking these rules, and attempting to mislead the BHA, I’ve let my governing body down, along with trainers, owners, staff, sponsors and family for which I wish to apologise.

“In addition to this there have been two racecourse incidents linked to alcohol during 2021. It became obvious to me and to everyone else that I needed to seek serious help. In recognition of this I have relinquished my licence and will now focus on my rehabilitation. I am grateful to the BHA for agreeing to postpone the disciplinary hearing until I have been able to take these steps.

“Whether I deserve it or not, many kind people have stood by me and I really appreciate their support . I’m deeply embarrassed and regret my actions.”

The BHA and Murphy will not make any further comment on this matter, which remains an ongoing disciplinary process, until a hearing date is set.  – extracts, Sporting Life.


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