Three jockeys who were arrested over allegations of rape concerning an 18-year-old girl will be allowed to continue riding under rules while police continue their inquiries, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced.
Brendan Powell Jnr, 21, and Richard Condon, 20, were arrested on Friday (4 November), while Sean Mooney, also 20, was arrested the following day.
Wiltshire Police said they are investigating allegations of rape, at a residential address in Chiseldon, Swindon, on 3 November.
“Reports concerning the arrest and subsequent release on bail of three BHA-licensed jockeys, following allegations of rape, raise a very serious issue,” said a BHA statement.
“The BHA is considering urgently what action is warranted in the interests of all parties concerned and in the context of the wider sport. In the meantime, and at least until we have obtained further details and been able to consider them, the jockeys concerned can continue to ride under our rules.”
All three men have since been released on bail until “late December” while police continue their inquiries.
Paul Morris, of BCL Solicitors, said in a statement: “My clients, Brendan Powell and Richard Condon, are fully co-operating with the police.
“Both categorically deny any allegation of criminal wrongdoing and are confident that, in due course, their innocence will become clear to everyone.”
Paul Struthers, chief executive of the Professional Jockeys Association, said: “We are aware of the reports that a complaint of a very serious nature has been made to Wiltshire Constabulary regarding three PJA members and await the outcome of that investigation.
“The BHA has confirmed the jockeys are able to ride for the time being but are considering what action may be warranted, and we will liaise with them in that regard.
“Finally, we would also take this opportunity to remind all our members to avoid speculation, comment or discussion of these allegations on social media and to respect the formal process that has commenced.”