$600 in Bonus Bets
Get your first bet matched with up to $600 in racing bonuses*
$500 in Bonus Bets
Sign-up, Join now & get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in racing bonus bets*
Deposit $250, Bet with $550
Sign-up, deposit $250 & receive $300 in racing bonus bets. That's $550 to bet with!*
$300 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $300 in racing bonus bets*
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly

Martin Dwyer will be fighting to clear his name in India this weekend as his appeal against an eight-month suspension is heard.

The Derby-winning jockey was initially given a 56-day ban following a race in February, which he was already appealing, but was hit with a revised sentence at a hearing in Mumbai.

Dwyer, 38, finished a narrow third on market leader Ice Age at Mahalaxmi racecourse on February 17, which prompted an angry response from racegoers.

His initial suspension was due to run from April 6 to May 31 this year – but the stewards of the Royal Western India Turf Club, who ruled the filly was not ridden on her merits, recently concluded Dwyer should be given a far stiffer punishment.

Speaking in an interview with Cornelius Lysaght to be broadcast on BBC Radio 5 Live this evening, Dwyer said: “It’s been hanging over for me for the whole year and it’s been quite a stressful time.

“I’ve been fighting this for a long time, because I’m not guilty of what they’ve found me guilty of. I’m fighting to clear my name.

“When they increased it to eight months, it’s just added more worry and more pressure. The thought of losing my livelihood for eight months is just not nice. I’ve got a family and bills to pay, it’s horrible.”

A head-on video of the race showed Ice Age appearing to drift towards the rail in the closing stages, bumping the eventual runner-up and causing Dwyer to snatch up his mount.

But Dwyer believes the fact the filly was bleeding after the race is clear evidence that he was not blame.

“Anybody who knows anything about horseracing can see I was doing everything in my power to try and win a race,” he said.

“I’m just confused how anybody can find me guilty of not letting her run on her merits when she was clearly sick.”

He added: “I’m riding winners and things are going great – I rode a big winner the other day – but I enjoy it for a couple of minutes and then my mind goes back to this problem. It’s just very unfair.”

Dwyer confirmed he will continue to fight the suspension even if his Indian appeal is dismissed, with plans to ask the British Horseracing Authority not to reciprocate the ban.

$250 Matched Deposit
Get your first deposit matched with up to $250 in racing bonus bets*
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Featured News

Over $5,000 in Free Racing Bonus Bets

Just Horse Racing provides readers with a Free list of the best Bonus Bet offers available at every online bookmaker...

Winx used as distraction in doping scandal

Stablehand Greg Nelligan “foolishly” thought he would get away with giving a horse an illegal top-up when champion Winx was...

Bookies not risking Winx

After winning her fourth-straight Cox Plate last October, Winx will aim to extend another impressive feature race winning streak in...

Aquanita eight member admits to top-ups

A key player in the ‘Aquanita eight’ doping conspiracy has admitted giving horses illegal race day treatments for trainer Robert...

Long range Melbourne Cup plans for Sky Boy

The Sky Boy story is still only half-written with his Villiers Stakes win a stepping stone to much bigger targets...

Accession races into Golden Slipper contention

Sydney’s leading trainer Chris Waller has welcomed his first winner by Brazen Beau, the colt he developed to become a...

Mornington trainer banned over a dead filly

Mornington trainer Shane Bottomley has been suspended and fined over the disposal of a dead horse. Bottomley faced the Racing...

Copyright © 2018 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.