The Bryony Frost fallout, champion jockey Oisin Murphy’s future after failing alcohol assessments and fears over betting as affordability checks loom… following racing’s rocky 12 months, what will be the top of the agenda in 2022?
- Racing was embroiled in a bunch of controversies in 2021, making for a tricky 12 months
- The Bryony Frost bullying case and furore over Gordon Elliott marred the sport
- Here, Sportsmail takes a have a look at what issues could be top of the agenda in 2022
Last 12 months was rocky for racing with the Bryony Frost bullying case and furore over the image of coach Gordon Elliott sitting on a useless horse.
Champion jockey Oisin Murphy additionally failed a racecourse breathalyser take a look at the day after he was concerned in a fracas in a Newmarket pub and the perennial debate about the sport’s funds, additional hit by Covid, raged on.
But what will be top of the sport’s agenda in 2022?
2021 was rocky for racing as a consequence of Bryony Frost’s (above) bullying case and different controversies
Whether Robbie Dunne will enchantment towards the 18-month suspension he acquired from a BHA disciplinary panel for his harassment of and inappropriate behaviour in direction of Frost is prone to emerge in the subsequent fortnight.
He has seven days to make that call as soon as the BHA panel publish the written causes for his or her ruling, one thing that was delayed by Christmas.
The case, which raised questions on the tradition inside the weighing room in addition to wellbeing and safeguarding, has spawned a dedication to implement a code of conduct by the spring.
It will emerge quickly whether or not Robbie Dunne (pictured, left) will enchantment towards his suspension
THE WHIP DEBATE
Arguably the most polarising matter in the sport, with some wanting the whip abolished and others livid that the rule-makers pander to outsiders.
Potential rule modifications will be positioned earlier than the BHA board in the first quarter of the 12 months on the again of the 10-week session, which gathered over 2,000 responses from trade contributors and the public.
Champion Flat jockey Oisin Murphy faces a big ban, having been examined above permitted alcohol ranges on a racecourse thrice – twice final 12 months. He additionally breached BHA Covid protocols on an abroad journey, which most severely included deceptive a BHA investigator.
The reality he gave up his licence on December 16 means any ban is prone to be again-dated. More importantly, Murphy, who this time final 12 months was serving a suspension after testing constructive for cocaine whereas driving in France, wants to handle points that threaten to derail his expertise.
Having introduced that he’s searching for medical assist, Murphy should ensure that is his precedence, not successful a fourth title.
Oisin Murphy faces a big ban, having been examined above permitted alcohol ranges thrice
IRISH ON TOP
The 2021 Cheltenham Festival was a greenwash with 23 of the 28 prizes heading to Ireland. You wouldn’t guess on the rating being a lot totally different in March.
Shishkin (Champion Chase) and Jonbon (Supreme Novices’ Hurdle) are the solely two British-trained favourites in the Festival’s 14 Grade One races. If the British get double figures over the 4 days, it will be a superb week for them.
How would racing’s funds be affected if affordability checks are launched as half of the Government’s playing assessment?
Proposals that punters might need at hand over monetary particulars like financial institution statements and pay slips generate fears folks would possibly be postpone betting on the sport or be pushed into the black market.
That might price levy £60million a 12 months. A white paper is promised quickly. Gambling minister Chris Phelps backs affordability checks however says they need to be proportionate.
Racing will be hoping curbs concentrate on gaming and on line casino model video games.
The Cazoo Derby on June 4 is formally half of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend to have a good time 70 years on the throne.
It will be particular if Her Majesty’s John and Thady Gosden-trained Reach For The Moon with Frankie Dettori on board makes it to the beginning line. He is presently 16-1 fourth favorite in ante-submit betting.
It would be particular if Frankie Dettori and Reach For The Moon make it to the Cazoo Derby