Richard Hughes’s chances of landing the champion jockey title in England have suffered a setback even before the turf season has got under way with the news that the British Horseracing Authority have upheld a 50-day riding ban he incurred in India last month.
Hughes had hoped that the BHA would have overturned his ban that he picked up in India for failing to ride to instructions, a breach of the rules that does not exist in England.
However the panel decided to uphold the ruling meaning that Hughes will miss the first month of the season, however he will be back for the first classic of the season, the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.
Explaining the reasons behind their decision the BHA tweeted: “The BHA is one of about 50 authorities who are signatories to the International Racing Agreement.
“As such the BHA is committed to reciprocating penalties imposed onlicensees by recognised racing authorities, providing always that the disciplinary process is procedurally fair.”
Hughes said of the ruling “”I’m disappointed, it is a very important time of the season.”