New date set for Martin Dwyer hearing ahead ride at Mahalaxmi
Last Updated: February 22, 2013 1:12pm
Martin Dwyer: Hearing put back
An inquiry into Martin Dwyer's ride aboard the favourite for a race at Mahalaxmi racecourse in Mumbai has been put back to March 17.
Dwyer finished a narrow third on market leader Ice Age in the final race last Sunday, Division One of the Ice Magic Plate, prompting an angry response from racegoers.
A video of the race shows 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.
The Royal Western India Turf Club stewards called an inquiry and announced the horse was to be deemed a non-starter, with all bets refunded.
The RWITC has since confirmed Dwyer will be the subject of a further hearing, which was originally scheduled for this Sunday.
In a statement issued through the Professional Jockeys Association on Friday, Dwyer said: "Whilst I categorically deny the allegation made against me by the stewards of the Royal West India Turf Club that I did not allow Ice Age to race on her merits, I welcome the decision of director general of Police Raj Khilnani to involve himself in proceedings and that he will be in attendance at the hearing scheduled to take place on Sunday, March 17.
"I am confident that I will be exonerated of any wrongdoing, due to the simple fact that I am entirely innocent of the allegations as is clearly made evident by the video of the race alone."
Explaining the initial disqualification, RWITC chairman Khushroo Dhunjibhoy told The Times of India: "The horse was disqualified because on preliminary inquiry, it appeared that the horse was not run fairly.
"Inquiry against the concerned jockey has been instituted."