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Female amateur jockey Hannah Welch tells Bryony Frost hearing that Robbie Dunne left her in TEARS

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Female amateur jockey Hannah Welch tells Bryony Frost hearing that Robbie Dunne left her in TEARS by ‘shouting and swearing’ at her ‘multiple times’ before a race in 2018 – with the alleged abuse contributing to her quitting

  • Robbie Dunne left a female jockey in tears, a hearing was told on Thursday
  • Hannah Welch made the claim during a disciplinary hearing into Dunne 
  • Dunne is accused of verbally abusing and harassing famed jockey Bryony Frost
  • Welch says that a verbal blast contributed to her quitting horse racing 


Jockey Robbie Dunne left a female amateur jockey in tears and feeling intimidated with a verbal blast in the weighing room at Chepstow, a hearing was told yesterday.

Hannah Welch made the claim on day three of the BHA disciplinary hearing into allegations that Dunne verbally abused and harassed Bryony Frost, Britain’s most successful female jockey.

Welch said Dunne had been irritated when she tried to line up inside him before a race in 2018, claiming he ‘shouted and swore’ at her repeatedly.

Questioned by Roderick Moore, Dunne’s barrister, Welch said: ‘I was incredibly upset. It was a contributory factor to me giving up National Hunt racing. It is not something easily forgotten.’

When Moore put it to Welch that if Dunne had crossed the line it would have been called out by fellow jockeys or valets, she replied: ‘That is the problem. It wasn’t.’

The hearing was adjourned until Tuesday.

Hannah Welch said that she was verbally abused by Robbie Dunne in 2018

Dunne is facing a probe into allegations that he verbally abused and harassed another female jockey

Robbie Dunne (R) left Hannah Welch (L) in tears in the weighing room, a hearing has been told

Welch's account comes amid a hearing into Dunne's alleged verbal abuse against Bryony Frost (pictured)

Welch’s account comes amid a hearing into Dunne’s alleged verbal abuse against Bryony Frost (pictured)

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