Racing: Egan in custody after pleading guilty to shotgun charge
Wednesday 06 December 2006
John Egan's reputation in the saddle has never been higher, but problems off-course threaten his career.
Egan has been remanded in custody after appearing before magistrates to face three charges. The jockey pleaded guilty to possession of an unlicensed shotgun, harassment, and being drunk in possession of a vehicle. A Suffolk Police spokesman confirmed that Egan was arrested last Friday and appeared in court at Bury St Edmunds the following day. No date has yet been fixed for sentencing.
An outstanding year, during which Egan rode 92 winners, has now come to a shocking end. He has not ridden since taking a horrifying fall at Wolverhampton on 25 November, when he stopped breathing for a minute and needed stitches to a facial wound.
Egan has experienced many career turns. This year he has forged a partnership with Tim Pitt, winning the Chester Cup on Admiral and two Group One prizes, the Golden Jubilee Stakes and July Cup, with Les Arcs.
But the Japanese Racing Association did not permit him to ride Les Arcs at Nakayama on 1 October, because of his troubled departure from Hong Kong four years ago. Egan insists that he has not been suspended by the Hong Kong authorities, but it is possible he may still be subject of an arrest warrant after his failure to return there under bail conditions imposed by corruption investigators in 2002. He had been one of 19 people arrested in Hong Kong in connection with a race-fixing investigation, but has always protested his innocence.
Latest in Sport
Cristiano Ronaldo: Unhappy forward is ready to quit Real Madrid, according to Angel Di Maria
Tim Wiese offered WWE role after German goalkeeper packs on muscle
Borussia Dortmund vs Arsenal: Jurgen Klopp concerned with Dortmund injuries and praises signings of Danny Welbeck and Alexis Sanchez
Hull City vs West Ham match report: Enner Valencia stars as honours shared at the KC Stadium
Cristiano Ronaldo to Manchester United: Ramon Calderon claims Real Madrid star is 'fed up'
- 1 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 2 Thailand deaths: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
- 3 Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
- 4 Kanye West stops concert after two fans don't stand up - doesn't realise one is in wheelchair and the other disabled
- 5 QS university world rankings: Imperial College London leapfrogs Oxford to join Cambridge as best British university
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
Portuguese academic says British are 'filthy, violent and drunk'
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
£35000 - £50000 per annum + benefits: Ashdown Group: Senior QA Engineer (Agil...
£26000 - £28000 per annum: Ashdown Group: Digital Marketing Executive (SEO, PP...
£40000 - £50000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our retail client ...
£400 - £450 Per Annum possibly more for the right candidate: Clearwater People...