Ahern to launch appeal against 10-year racing disqualification

IRISH jockey Eddie Ahern has vowed to appeal his 10-year ban, after being found guilty of three counts of rule breaching by the British Horseracing Authority.

The 35-year-old, who has ridden more than 1,000 winners in Britain, was found guilty of conspiring to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice, intentionally failing to ensure a horse [Judgethemoment at Lingfield in 2011] was ridden on its merits and of passing information for reward.

Former Chelsea defender Neil Clement was banned for 15 years and fined £3,000 for breaching rules in five of Ahern’s races, including placing a lay bet against a horse he owned and failing to provide phone records to the disciplinary inquiry.

Ahern’s solicitor, Christopher Stewart-Moore, said: “He will be appealing the findings and the very harsh penalties imposed on him.”