Eddie Ahern Eddie Ahern is a former Group One-winning jockey, whose career effectively ended in May, 2013, when he was found guilty, by a British Horseracing Authority (BHA) disciplinary panel, of three serious breaches of the Rules of Racing and ‘warned off’ for ten years. Aherne, 35, was supported by the Professional Jockeys’ Association (PJA) in his appeal against the decision and the severity of the punishment handed down, but lost.

Born in Co. Tipperary in 1977, Ahern rode his first winner, Ardlea House, at Dundalk in November, 1994, a month or so shy of his seventeenth birthday. Three years later, in 1997, he became Irish Champion Apprentice with 36 winners. Two years later still, in 1999, he rode his first Group One winner, Preseli, trained by Michael Grassick, in the Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh. The following year he achieved his best seasonal total in Ireland, 46, but in 2002 moved to Newmarket, increasing his tally to 84, 107, 111, 120 and 140 winners in consecutive seasons.In September, 2011, Ahern rode his second Group One winner, Duncan, trained by John Gosden, who dead-heated with Jukebox Jury in the Irish Field St. Leger at the Curragh.

However, the previous January, he had already ridden the horse on which he would be found guilty of not obtaining the best possible placing, Judgethemoment, trained by Jane Chapple-Hyam, in the lowly Class 6 Felbridge Handicap at Lingfield. In the two-mile contest, Ahern set off like the proverbial ‘scalded cat’, spreadeagling the field, but his mount inevitably weakened in the final half-a-mile, dropping out to finish last of the seven runners, beaten 35ΒΌ lengths and fully15 lengths behind the sixth horse home. Ahern claimed that he had simply ‘misjudged’ the pace, but the BHA did not accept that he ‘could have made an error of such an extent’ and banned him accordingly. In his 19-year career, Ahern he had ridden 1,252 winners.

Around the Racing World It’s easy to get caught up in the UK racing scene on account that we all no doubt become very familiar with the national legends of the sport (Kauta Star, Frankel, Tiger Roll to name a few in recent years). There’s no shortage of horse racing action here across both the flat and the jumps season, and of course we have a whole range of races and festivals steeped in history that draw in the nation each and every year. The Grand National, Royal Ascot and Cheltenham Festival being, for many, the big three. They attract millions at home and abroad, and yet much in the same way that other nations are open to our ‘jewel in the crown’ races and festivals, we too should cast an eye to theirs.

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