BRYONY FROST has broken her silence after rival jockey Robbie Dunne was found guilty on all charges of bullying and harassing her.

Dunne, 36, now faces a ban of up to three years and £15,000 fine.


Cheltenham Festival and King George-winning jockey Frost, 26, said: "I would like to thank every individual including the racing public that has supported me not only during the last couple of weeks but throughout.

"I wish now to take time to reflect on the outcome before I make any further comment.

"I ask the media to please give me and the people closest to me a few days of privacy.

"I need to focus on my upcoming rides over the weekend. Thank you."

Dunne was found guilty on all four charges of bullying and harassing Frost by a disciplinary panel on Thursday.

They ruled Dunne has subjected Frost to seven months of 'totally unacceptable' weighing room hell.

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They also found he had bullied and harassed her online, on the track itself and in the weighing room.

Brian Barker, panel chair, said: "We are unable to accept Mr Dunne’s sweep of denials, criticisms and his reasoning.

"A man, who in the view of one of his own witnesses was a 'p**s taker', and who regarded himself as one of the elders of the weighing room and someone who expected his view to be heeded.

"The tenor and type of language that we find was used towards Ms Frost is totally unacceptable, whatever the frustrations about her style and whatever the habits of the weighing room.

"They fall squarely within the ambit of the prohibition set out in the rule.

"Secondly, in reviewing the evidence given and their approach by jockeys of repute as well as by the valets – who probably find themselves in a difficult position – we have real concern that what was referred to by Mr Weston as the 'weighing room culture' is deep-rooted and coercive, and in itself is not conducive to the good health and the development of of modern day race riding."

'NO WINNER'

However, speaking on Sky Sports Racing, legendary jockey Barry Geraghty defended what went on in the weighing room.

He said: "There is no winner, it's tough for Bryony, Robbie and for racing.

"For me this is an incident between two people but its not a but it's not a reflection on the weighing room and the culture and that's the bit that gets to me."

But commenting on the panel's finding, top female trainer Gay Kelleway said: "It's 40 years too late!

"This is what I had to suffer when I was riding, it's taken quite a few decades to make it a clearer vision of what lady jockeys can go through.

"It's not just Bryony, it's a lot of lady jockeys who have kept quiet.

BRYONY'S SHOWN REAL GUTS

"One particular Flat jockey told me about her experiences but she was too frightened to say anything because they have this closed network in the weighing room.

"But at last there's Bryony Frost, they've heard her and I'm 100 per cent with the verdict.

"Thank God she's taken the guts and the courage to speak up.

"This is very apparent and has been going on for many, many decades. I suffered.

"We didn't have a rule about no bullying or harassment in my day and thank God it's made it clearer to see for the powers that be that we've got to have a look at the facilities women jockeys have and we must be on an even par.

"They must clearly look at what's happened here."

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