Former jockey Graham Bradley is planning to press on with his application for a training licence after the reasons behind the not guilty verdict in a recent British Horseracing Authority hearing were published on yesterday.
Wetherby-based Bradley and trainer Brendan Powell were cleared of charges alleging Bradley was training horses under Powell’s name at a hearing in October. The inquiry looked into whether Powell assisted, encouraged or caused Bradley to train horses to run in races which took place in Britain, despite him not holding a trainer’s licence granted by the BHA, and then allowed them to run under his own name.
In the first case of its kind brought by the BHA, Bradley faced similar charges, in that he was alleged to have trained horses to run without holding a licence, and that he encouraged Powell to act in a manner prejudicial to the integrity, proper conduct or good reputation of racing in Britain. Both were exonerated in what was described by a disciplinary panel of the BHA as a “finely balanced” case, with the decision a “close-run thing”. Bradley still hopes to set up as a trainer in his own right. He said: “I’m just working on my application now and finding out what the next steps are in the process. We were found not guilty of the charges and I’m still planning to apply for my licence.”
BHA media manager Robin Mounsey conceded a review of the rules may be necessary to better define the meaning of “training” a horse.