Owner banned for assault

BHA issues three-month suspension and £10,000 fine for attack on Fallon

Given its draconian treatment of Kieren Fallon, when he was falsely accused of criminal conduct, some might consider the British Horseracing Authority to have been fairly indulgent in its punishment of the racehorse owner who violently assaulted the former champion jockey at Lingfield 10 days ago. David Reynolds was yesterday banned from all racing premises for just three months.

He was, however, also given a heavy fine. Even people who buy racehorses, after all, are liable to smart over the loss of £10,000. But the BHA disciplinary panel could have "warned off" Reynolds for up to three years after finding him guilty of bringing the sport into disrepute, and also of violent conduct. Certainly, the BHA chose no half-measures when suspending Fallon's licence in 2006, after he was charged with a conspiracy that would eventually be laughed out of the Old Bailey.

Reynolds can presumably count himself fortunate there were no police at Lingfield. Fallon was punched in the unsaddling enclosure, after a race in which The Scorching Wind had started favourite. Reynolds, who part-owns The Scorching Wind, blamed Fallon's riding of Elna Bright for what was evidently an expensive defeat.

Reynolds, 45, issued a statement through his solicitor. "I deeply regret what happened at Lingfield," the construction boss said. "I have apologised to Kieren Fallon, and everybody involved in the incident, and now wish to put this matter behind me."

Paul Struthers, the BHA spokesman, insisted that the disgraceful episode had been dealt with proportionately. "The entry point penalty for violent conduct toward an official is a fine of £5,000 or a disqualification of three months," he explained. "So the panel has gone above the entry point by disqualifying Mr Reynolds for that period and, in addition to that ban, fining him £10,000."

The restraint of Fallon's own response, meanwhile, can be taken as encouraging evidence of his focused state of mind as he begins his quest for that seventh jockeys' title. Yesterday he opened his account for the campaign with a double at Wolverhampton, a rather different environment from the one in which he met such frustration on Saturday. Fallon and Gitano Hernando were thwarted by a slow pace in the Dubai World Cup at Meydan, trapped on the inside and never nearer than at the line, beaten barely two lengths in sixth.

"I was going half-speed all the way," Fallon complained yesterday. "I was trying to angle out, but couldn't move with the two in front of me dictating their own pace. I have always thought a lot of him and if there had been a gallop, or if I could have gone when I wanted, he would have opened up."

Gitano Hernando's trainer, Marco Botti, will now proceed towards the elite middle-distance programme in Europe. "He's come out of the race in good order," Botti said. "Unfortunately, his low draw turned out to be a disadvantage. When he did get going, he stayed on well. It's disappointing, but at least he proved he is capable of competing at the top level. We have a few options for him now, with races like the Prince Of Wales's Stakes, the Juddmonte International and Eclipse Stakes to look at in the summer. The Arc is also something I mentioned to the owners. If we go to Royal Ascot, he will probably go straight there now as I want to freshen him up."

Turf account: Chris McGrath

Nap

The Rustlin Rhino (2.25 Newcastle)

Half-brother to a National winner in Silver Birch and seems sure to relish this test of stamina after earning a modest rating in three spins over shorter distances, hinting at ability in midfield finishes.



Next best

Beidh Tine Anseo (4.50 Newcastle)

Well treated on his Flat form and showed he is getting his act together over hurdles when third on his handicap debut at Ayr last time.



One to watch

Tartak (T R George) has disappointed this season but showed renewed life when fifth in the Johnny Henderson at Cheltenham.



*Where the money's going

News that Tony McCoy is likely to ride Can't Buy Time in his quest for a first John Smith's Grand National saw the horse supported from 25-1 to 20-1 with Coral.

News
i100
News
people Emma Watson addresses celebrity nude photo leak
News
Katie Hopkins appearing on 'This Morning' after she purposefully put on 4 stone.
peopleKatie Hopkins breaks down in tears over weight gain challenge
News
peopleHis band Survivor was due to resume touring this month
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment
Robert De Niro, Martin Scorsese and DiCaprio, at an awards show in 2010
filmsDe Niro, DiCaprio and Pitt to star
News
i100
News
In this photo illustration a school student eats a hamburger as part of his lunch which was brought from a fast food shop near his school, on October 5, 2005 in London, England. The British government has announced plans to remove junk food from school lunches. From September 2006, food that is high in fat, sugar or salt will be banned from meals and removed from vending machines in schools across England. The move comes in response to a campaign by celebrity TV chef Jamie Oliver to improve school meals.
science
Life and Style
Red or dead: An actor portrays Hungarian countess Elizabeth Báthory, rumoured to have bathed in blood to keep youthful
health
Arts and Entertainment
James Dean on the set of 'Rebel without a Cause', 1955
photographyHe brought documentary photojournalism to Tinseltown, and in doing so, changed the way film stars would be portrayed for ever
News
people'It can last and it's terrifying'
Arts and Entertainment
tv
Life and Style
fashionModel of the moment shoots for first time with catwalk veteran
News
i100
Sport
Tom Cleverley
footballLoan move comes 17 hours after close of transfer window
Sport
Alexis Sanchez, Radamel Falcao, Diego Costa and Mario Balotelli
footballRadamel Falcao and Diego Costa head record £835m influx
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

C++ Quant Developer

£700 per day: Harrington Starr: Quantitative Developer C++, Python, STL, R, PD...

Java/Calypso Developer

£700 per day: Harrington Starr: Java/Calypso Developer Java, Calypso, J2EE, J...

SQL Developer

£500 per day: Harrington Starr: SQL Developer SQL, C#, Stored Procedures, MDX...

Front-Office Developer (C#, .NET, Java, AI)

£40000 - £45000 per annum + Benefits + Bonus: Harrington Starr: Front-Office D...

Day In a Page

Chief inspector of GPs: ‘Most doctors don’t really know what bad practice can be like for patients’

Steve Field: ‘Most doctors don’t really know what bad practice can be like for patients’

The man charged with inspecting doctors explains why he may not be welcome in every surgery
Stolen youth: Younger blood can reverse many of the effects of ageing

Stolen youth

Younger blood can reverse many of the effects of ageing
Bob Willoughby: Hollywood's first behind the scenes photographer

Bob Willoughby: The reel deal

He was the photographer who brought documentary photojournalism to Hollywood, changing the way film stars would be portrayed for ever
Hollywood heavyweights produce world's most expensive corporate video - for Macau casino

Hollywood heavyweights produce world's most expensive corporate video - for Macau casino

Scorsese in the director's chair with De Niro, DiCaprio and Pitt to star
Angelina Jolie's wedding dress: made by Versace, designed by her children

Made by Versace, designed by her children

Angelina Jolie's wedding dressed revealed
Anyone for pulled chicken?

Pulling chicks

Pulled pork has gone from being a US barbecue secret to a regular on supermarket shelves. Now KFC is trying to tempt us with a chicken version
9 best steam generator irons

9 best steam generator irons

To get through your ironing as swiftly as possible, invest in one of these efficient gadgets
'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes': US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food served at diplomatic dinners

'I’ll tell you what I would not serve - lamb and potatoes'

US ambassador hits out at stodgy British food
Radio Times female powerlist: A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

A 'revolution' in TV gender roles

Inside the Radio Times female powerlist
Endgame: James Frey's literary treasure hunt

James Frey's literary treasure hunt

Riddling trilogy could net you $3m
Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

Fitbit: Because the tingle feels so good

What David Sedaris learnt about the world from his fitness tracker
Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb

Second-holiest site in Islam attracts millions of pilgrims each year
Alexander Fury: The designer names to look for at fashion week this season

The big names to look for this fashion week

This week, designers begin to show their spring 2015 collections in New York
Will Self: 'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

'I like Orwell's writing as much as the next talented mediocrity'

Will Self takes aim at Orwell's rules for writing plain English
Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

Toy guns proving a popular diversion in a country flooded with the real thing