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Robbie Dunne decides to appeal 18-month suspension for bullying fellow jockey Bryony Frost

Banned jockey Robbie Dunne is appealing his 18-month ban for bullying and harassment of Bryony Frost after he was accused of threatening her through a fence and making her a ‘f***ing whore’ and a ‘dangerous c** *’ to name

  • Robbie Dunne appealed his 18-month suspension imposed last month
  • The 36-year-old jockey was found guilty of four violations of rule J19
  • He has appealed the BHA panel’s findings and the length of his ban



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Robbie Dunne has appealed his 18-month suspension imposed last month by a BHA disciplinary committee for a campaign of harassment and intimidation against fellow jockey Bryony Frost.

Dunne was found guilty of four violations of Rule J19, which pertains to conduct harmful to horse racing.

The 36-year-old jump jockey has appealed the BHA panel’s findings and the length of his suspension.

Robbie Dunne has appealed his 18-month suspension imposed last month

Robbie Dunne has appealed his 18-month suspension imposed last month

Daryl Cowan, Dunne’s attorney, said, “An appeal has been filed with the BHA and we are awaiting the appointment of an appeals committee and a hearing.”

In written reasons for their decision published this month, the panel described Dunne’s behavior as “completely inappropriate for a professional athlete in an equal opportunity sport.”

It is believed Dunne will have a strengthened legal team for the hearing with Robin Mathew QC, a former trainer, as well as attorney Roderick Moore and Cowan, who represented him at the first hearing.

A BHA appeal is not a new hearing, so Frost will not be called to testify again.

Dunne was given an 18-month suspension last month for bullying fellow jockey Bryony Frost (above)

Dunne was given an 18-month suspension last month for bullying fellow jockey Bryony Frost (above)

Dunne was given an 18-month suspension last month for bullying fellow jockey Bryony Frost (above)

One of the most serious allegations made at the December hearing, which led to Frost filing a complaint, was that Dunne threatened to stab his rival jockey ‘through a wing’ – the side of a fence – after a race at Southwell. on September 3, 2020 where his horse died.

Dunne said at the hearing that this comment was a ‘imagery’, but the panel ruled: “We feel that words used on September 3 were as a promise to do real harm beyond the usual jockey mantra of “murder”.’

On other occasions, Dunne was alleged to have used misogynistic language toward Frost, including calling her a “f***ing whore,” a “f***ing slug,” and a “dangerous c***.”

Frost also accused Dunne of “opening his towel and shaking himself” in front of her eyes in the men’s locker room.

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