Tony McCoy slams fining trainer Henry Oliver for waving arms at horse

Tony McCoy slams fining trainer Henry Oliver for waving arms at horse

Oliver, speaking to the Racing Post on Sunday, said: “As far as I’m ­concerned, I was a furlong away from the start. I understand they don’t want people doing that, which is fine, but I was just trying to give my horse every chance of running his race.

“It’s a bit disappointing that the stewards didn’t just say something to me rather than try and make an example of me, but that’s their choice.”

A British Horseracing Authority statement said: “Trainers are not permitted to encourage their horses to start, and that rule is there for a good reason. We set a lot of store in our sport behind the fact that we do not force horses to race and that they do so of their own free will. 

“Moreover, in the interests of a fair, even start, horses should not have the attentions of a trainer or representative to get them on their way. For these reasons, only the jockeys and starters are permitted to effect or influence the start.

“Once the rule has been breached then a penalty will follow, otherwise the rule is not enforceable. However, we have an appeal system and Mr Oliver is able to appeal his penalty should he wish.”

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