Bryony Frost's 'spiteful' bully Robbie Dunne given deadline to appeal 18-month ban for 'calculated' attacks

Bryony Frost's 'spiteful' bully Robbie Dunne given deadline to appeal 18-month ban for 'calculated' attacks

January 26, 2022

ROBBIE DUNNE has one week to appeal his 18-month ban for bullying Bryony Frost.

A deadline for next Wednesday has been set after the independent disciplinary panel's written reasons were published.

The huge document sums up the proceedings – which lasted nearly six days in early December – the evidence heard and an explanation as to why the panel reached their verdict.

The panel, headed by former Old Bailey judge Brian Barker, said their decision was not "borderline" and that they were satisfied the threshold for conduct that was prejudicial to the integrity or good reputation of racing was "plainly crossed".

They said that Dunne's attacks were "calculated" and that he had not expressed any remorse or understanding during the high-profile hearing.

Explaining their verdict, the panel said: "This was deliberate, unwarranted targeting of a colleague over a considerable time.

"Mr Dunne’s words, and behaviour, were wholly inappropriate for a professional athlete in an equal opportunity sport and would not be tolerated in any other walk of life or workplace.

"Expletives in the heat of the moment are one thing, but expressions such as “I am going to hurt you” and/or “I’ll put you through a wing” have dark implications. The context of this case moved the effect beyond that of mere words.

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"There was little, if any, indication of Mr Dunne’s understanding. There was no expression of remorse. The defence involved calculated attacks in various directions.

"The plea entered was so limited by comparison to the conduct found that it attracted neither credit nor reduction."

The document continued: "A financial penalty was wholly insufficient to meet the justice of this case. Suspension of licence was inevitable.

"The matters proved were consecutive, occurred over six months, as time went by deepening in spitefulness, and consequently the words and acts achieving the increasingly chilling effect upon the victim which Mr Dunne intended.

"As well as falling foul of the regulations as pleaded, such behaviour, from someone who presented himself as one of the elders of the sport, setting standards and allegedly offering wise counsel to junior jockeys was hypocritical.

"Whatever the pressures and dangers of racing, and whatever the traditions of the weighing room, Mr Dunne’s conduct had no place in it.

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"The strikingly aggravating feature was the determined consistency, in the knowledge that Ms Frost could not prepare herself for what would come next, as she was unable to predict what or where it would be."

The panel also expressed it's concerns over the weighing room culture – which came under intense scrutiny during and after the hearing – describing it as "out of step".

They said: "We took into account matters submitted in mitigation and the evidence of Mr Dunne’s character witness.

"We reminded ourselves, in his favour, that some at least of the facts found involved Mr Dunne operating within a culture approbated by his peers. Observers observed without intervention.

"If this is the weighing room culture, then it is out of step in equal opportunity race-riding."

If unsuccessful in his appeal, Dunne will be unable to resume race-riding until March 2023.


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