Hannah Welch claims Robbie Dunne left her crying after insulting her ‘multiple times’ for over a minute in front of other riders
- Welch is the second jockey after Bryony Frost to complain about Dunne
- Claims about Frost harassment have rocked the racing world
- Welch is among the women on a list Frost gave the BHA as part of an investigation.
- At least four female jockeys downplayed Dunne’s behavior when speaking to BHA
A second female jockey told a BHA investigation that she had been the victim of intimidating behavior by Robbie Dunne, who has been accused of intimidation and harassment by Bryony Frost, Britain’s best female jump jockey.
The Sunday Times named amateur cyclist Hannah Welch as one of the female cyclists on a list that Frost gave to the BHA who, according to her, had also been the victims of Dunne’s “rawness.”
Lilly Pinchin, Millie Wonnacott, Gina Andrews and Page Fuller downplayed the importance of Dunne’s behavior when they spoke with BHA investigator Nathan Taylor.
A second rider has complained about the behavior of a male rider days after Byrony Frost (pictured) made allegations of bullying against fellow jockey Robbie Dunne.
But Welch, who rode three 50-game winners under rules that include nine games for Frost’s trainer father Jimmy, said he felt there was a culture in the weigh-in room where rookie jockeys were allowed to be mistreated. , fans and women.
She also recounted a confrontation with Dunne when they met in Chepstow in October 2018, which left her in tears.
The Sunday Times, which received a leaked copy of the 120-page BHA report after an investigation into Frost’s allegations, reported that Welch told investigators:
‘There was an incident involving Robbie Dunne. It happened after a race in which I rode Foxy Lass. Mr. Dunne confronted me after the race. This happened a few years ago and I cannot remember exactly what was said.
Robbie Dunne is alleged to have told Bryony Frost: ‘Next time I face you, I promise I’ll make you pass over’
Dunne admitted that there were difficulties between him and Frost, but denied using the c word
It was along the lines of, “You have no right to go inside me. It is completely out of order. We were all lined up so that you can’t push the inside of professional riders ”.
Mr. Dunne stood right in front of me and stood up to me and spoke to me with his mouth open. He cursed me several times. This lasted about a minute.
‘The incident occurred in front of the entire weighing room. I was crying and didn’t answer anything. When I look back at this, it seems strange to me that none of the other riders stepped in and told Mr. Dunne that he had gone far enough.
Frost also alleged that there was a verbal altercation after an obstacle course at Stratford last July.
“There was no justification for what happened next.”
Welch, who left the sport in June of last year to pursue a career in nursing, told researchers she felt the behavior in the weighing room wouldn’t be in most other workplaces.
The Mail On Sunday contacted Wonnacott, one of the riders on Frost’s list. She said: ‘I have never been the object or witness of any inappropriate behavior in the weighing room.’