Robbie Dunne rejected accusations that he bullied and was sexually inappropriate in direction of Bryony Frost, as his British Horseracing Authority disciplinary listening to continued on Tuesday.
Dunne, who denies all fees regarding prejudicial conduct and two of the three regarding violent and threatening behaviour, stated no allegations of any wrongdoing had been made towards him till September 8, 2020.
This was the day after he allegedly acquired a telephone name from somebody with a “West Nation accent” wherein the jockey stated he was instructed his legs can be damaged if he didn’t cease harassing Frost. Dunne claims these related with the decision had “gone too far” and the bullying accusations have been then made.
Nevertheless, Louis Weston, representing the BHA, stated this might not be the case as Dunne’s alleged bullying of Frost had begun lengthy earlier than then, and he referenced a tweet Dunne despatched forward of the 2020 Digital Grand Nationwide wherein he appeared to single out Frost.
The tweet learn: “If Yala Enki wins this cartoon race, surprise will the interview be as farfetched as they do be in the true race?”
Whereas Dunne conceded the tweet was unprofessional, he denied it was an act of bullying.
Weston additionally highlighted races wherein each Dunne and Frost rode, throughout which it was alleged there have been cases of intimidating driving from Dunne. He was additionally accused of exposing himself to Frost within the altering rooms and utilizing foul and abusive language to her, allegedly threatening to “put her by means of a wing”.
Dunne disagreed when it was put to him by Weston that fellow rider Gavin Sheehan had known as him the “class clown” of the weighing room and a “p***-taker” and it was the actual fact Frost refused to again all the way down to him that brought about the preliminary in poor health feeling.
Weston stated: “That’s the reason you picked on her, is not it? As a result of she was courageous sufficient to face as much as you.”
Whereas Dunne did admit to being bare in entrance of Frost, he rejected the allegation she made final week that he “shook himself” in entrance of her.
When Dunne stated: “It is not towards the legislation to shake your self, is it?”, Weston replied: “I am not joking, Mr Dunne.”
Responding to the proof of a fence attendant at Stratford who on July 8, 2020 claimed to have heard Dunne name Frost a “f****** s**t”, Dunne stated he might have misheard him say “maintain f****** straight” as he believed Frost had minimize throughout him within the race.
Dunne admitted telling Frost he would “put her by means of a wing” following a race at Southwell final 12 months. This got here after his mount, Cillian’s Properly, suffered a deadly fall which he blamed on Frost and her mount Wisecracker leaping repeatedly to their left.
However the 36-year-old stated it was a determine of speech, the likes of which is heard every day within the weighing room, and it didn’t imply he was going to bodily hurt her.
“I’ll have had a little bit of street rage,” he stated.
Describing Frost’s driving type in his assertion, Dunne had stated “she could be very proficient however on events she rides irresponsibly and when she does she causes dangers and hazard to different jockeys. That’s not simply my view, it’s extensively held by different jockeys.”
Fellow riders Tom Scudamore, Nico de Boinville, Ben Poste and Lucy Gardner, in addition to former jockeys Richard Johnson and Lizzie Kelly, all gave proof on Tuesday, together with grasp valet Chris Maude.
He instructed the panel he had been approached by Frost’s father, former jockey turned coach Jimmy, to “bang their heads collectively and type this out”, though Jimmy Frost denied in his assertion the primary half and recalled he requested Maude solely to “kind it out”.
With the assistance of former champion jockey Johnson, Maude stated he had deliberate a gathering at Kempton for Frost and Dunne to resolve their variations however Frost pulled out on the day.
Johnson, who appeared in individual, stated: “I did not converse to Jimmy or Bryony, Chris Maude did – I used to be simply making an attempt to assist. The weighing room is a close-knit neighborhood.
“I knew in regards to the Southwell race and I heard Robbie converse to her after the race, however incidents like that occur a few times a day. He was having a go at her as a result of he felt she brought about his horse to fall. I can not recall the phrases, however he was upset and felt her horse had jumped throughout his.”
Maude added that three valets who gave proof on the listening to final week – Graham Piper, his nephew Lewis Piper and Mark Sinfield – had declined to work for Frost at Fontwell on Tuesday.
Scudamore, who appeared by way of Zoom, denied Frost’s declare of final week that the 2 had not spoken since information of the criticism had emerged.
“That’s not the case,” stated Scudamore. “I may present you textual content messages I despatched to her after her fall within the Grand Nationwide, or as just lately as when she gained the Grade One in Eire on Frodon.
“We have not been sharing lifts just lately as we could not due to Covid, however I am going to admit we’ve not been as pleasant as beforehand.”
All proof has now been heard and the panel will reconvene on Wednesday to listen to the closing statements.