- Bullying claims against jockey Bryony Frost have rocked the racing world
- Frost says Robbie Dunne’s behavior made him isolate himself in his workplace
- Worrying questions about culture in the weighing room
Explosive claims of intimidation and intimidation involving jump jockey Bryony Frost rocked the racing world on Sunday.
The allegations are part of a 120-page British Horseracing Authority report that leaked to the Sunday Times, following an investigation into a long-running feud between one of Britain’s most famous jump jockeys and his colleague Robbie Dunne.
The Sunday Times said that a report by BHA investigator Chris Watts, who has since left the organization, concluded that on the balance of probabilities, the question of whether conduct toward Frost amounted to bullying and harassment had been proven. Was.
Robbie Dunne is accused of telling Bryony Frost: ‘Next time I ride against you I promise I’ll get you off the rails’
Frost, who gave a five-page statement to the BHA, claimed that Dunne’s behavior forced her to isolate herself in her workplace and made her concerned for her own safety.
The allegation raises worrying questions about the culture within the weighing room at a time when an increasing number of women are competing against male jockeys, something that was seen as a big plus for the sport.
The BHA report was submitted in April and accompanied a letter informing Dunne that he faces formal charges, including ‘prejudice to the integrity or good reputation’ of the sport, with up to three years’ ban. could.
Frost claimed that Dunne’s behavior had forced him to isolate himself in his workplace
But there was an angry reaction from Dunne’s legal team, who said the leaks showed the BHA had ‘completely lost control of the matter’. Dunne’s legal team also said the data breach “came on the back of an investigation that irreparably compromised conflicts of interest and bias”.
The first public indication that Frost was facing problems after winning the biggest race of his career with Froden’s victory at the King George VI Chase in Kempton on Boxing Day last year came when he tried to ‘fix things’ in the weight room. Talked about needing to do.
Following this, reports emerged that an incident between Frost and Dunne took place at Southwell last year on 3 September following the Support the Ark Racing handicap chase.
Frost has quickly risen to become one of jump racing’s best-known figures, as much for his flirtatious, media-friendly personality as for his ride.
But that shouldn’t detract from the exploits of the 26-year-old, who has 210 winners from 1,400 rides and £3.2 million in prize money.
Growing up in Devon, his father Jimmy was a Grand National-winning jockey who now trains, while his brother Hayden is also a jockey.
A champion point-to-point rider in his teens, Frost turned professional in 2017 after winning over Pacha du Polder at the Cheltenham Festival.
Based in Somerset, champion trainer Paul Nichols, Frost won his first Grade One race on a black corten in the Couto Star Novices Chase at the Kempton Christmas Meeting in 2017.
He has since achieved his first success as a professional jockey at the Cheltenham Festival on Froden and his biggest ever victory when the same horse won the King George VI Chess at Kempton last December.
Dunne’s Mount Cillian’s Well fell fatally over the fourth-last fence, an incident which he reportedly realized was Frost not keeping his mount, runner-up Wisscracker, straight.
According to the leaked report, Frost claimed to BHA investigators that Dunne had contacted her in the weight room about an hour after the race and told her: ‘The next time I ride against you I promise I’ll give you a shot. Through a wing (rail). marking the edge of the course).’
Frost’s statement said: ‘After threatening me, Robbie left. It was at that stage when I felt I had enough. I could no longer bear his threats and threats. I asked, “Robby, what’s your problem?” He replied aggressively, “My problem is you’re hitting everyone and I promise you I’m going to hurt you the next time we ride up against each other”.
Frost also alleged that a verbal brawl occurred after a steeplechase in Stratford last July.
‘The servants must have heard it, everyone in the weighing room must have heard it. I became very concerned for my safety.’
Frost claimed that the incident had made her feel ‘very unsteady’ and she later ‘broke up in tears’. The 26-year-old said her father, Grand National winning jockey Jimmy Frost, had asked his daughter to report the incident to the BHA.
The leaked report also included Frost’s claims that bad feelings between him and Dunne stretched back to 2017 when Frost was still riding as an amateur jockey. He claimed: ‘I remember I was in the men’s changing room and he would stand naked in front of me. I didn’t want that and no other jockey was like that.
The 36-year-old Irishman, who made his first ride in his homeland in the 2000–1 season, has been riding in Britain since 2007, plowing a moderately successful career but one that has so far been almost entirely out of the limelight. Used to be.
Working as a freelance, he has ridden 266 winners from less than 2,500 rides in the UK and won over £2.5m in prize money. The biggest win of his career came at the 2015 Scottish Nationals over Wayward Prince.
He also won the 2015 Grimthorpe Chase in Doncaster on Wayward Prince and the coveted Eider Chase in Newcastle on Mystery in 2017.
Regarded as a solid, reliable jockey, Dunne’s LinkedIn profile describes him as a ‘hard worker, dependable, always on the lookout for opportunities to go out/school and of course get more winners’ ‘ As described!
Dunne has ridden 10 winners this season but is currently sidelined due to injury.
‘I will do my best to avoid him at all times. He was the kind of person I didn’t want to be around.
Frost also alleged that a verbal brawl occurred after a steeplechase at Stratford last July when she finished second on Wiescracker and Dunne was sixth on Cillian Vale. In his statement to the BHA, Frost claimed: ‘Robby approached me and said something like, “You’re a whore, you’re a dangerous c***”, and “If you ever kill me like this again.” I will kill you”.
‘I didn’t know what he was talking about. I rode the inside line most of the way and no one yelled at me (asking for space). This game is very dangerous without getting into it and you don’t want to hurt anyone.
Dunn admitted he and Frost had difficulties but denied using the C-word
Dunn, 36, who was interviewed by the BHA in December, admitted that she and Frost had difficulties, but denied using the C-word or calling Frost an ‘af***ing whore’ and insisted that his recollection was incorrect.
The disciplinary hearing, which will receive the most attention, shall be open to the media, unless the request of one of the parties to it is agreed to by the Chairman of the Independent Panel.
The BHA on Sunday said: ‘The matter is close to reaching its conclusion with the guidelines laid down for the foreseeable future. This is an important matter and which the BHA is taking very seriously. Such cases can be complex and may involve significant legal representation. To ensure fairness for all parties such procedures – including hearing of directions – should be allowed to be played out entirely and in private rather than in the media.
With regard to the data leak, the BHA said: ‘In a case of this nature, the documentation is shared in confidence with several relevant parties. The source of this document is not yet known in this case but it will be part of the investigation work of the BHA.