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Darren Egan

Darren Egan: has not ridden in Britain since 2013

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Darren Egan: I have never stopped a horse

DARREN EGAN, who was disqualified from racing in Britain by the BHA this week, has insisted he did not stop any horses from winning and will attempt to restart his career in America.

Egan was considered one of the most promising apprentices on the Flat, riding 47 winners in 2012 before a broken collarbone curtailed his chances of winning the apprentice title.

But the 23-year-old's career stalled the following season amid issues surrounding his licence and he only rode 22 winners before heading to America in 2013.

In July it emerged he was facing corruption charges relating to a period of rides between June and July in 2013 and he has subsequently been found guilty of riding horses to lose, a charge which carries with it a minimum suspension of five years.

'I rode exactly to the instructions'

Egan, speaking in an interview with The Sun, denies he prevented Imperial Spirit (Chepstow, July 12) and Tregererth (Bath, July 16) from winning, and said: "I have never stopped a horse during my riding career. The two horses I was accused of stopping had never won a race before.

"I rode exactly to the instructions I was given on both horses and the trainers were 100 per cent happy with the rides."

The BHA is yet to publish its reasons for finding Egan guilty, but the jockey will try and ride again in America if possible.

He added: "I've a long road ahead of me. I will try to ride in the USA. I don't know if they are going to let me. They will look at the case when all the findings have been made."

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