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Sunday 21 September 2014

Sole Power's connections dismiss video

Published 27/03/2014 | 02:30

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Jockey Johnny Murtagh
Jockey Johnny Murtagh

Connections of Sole Power have dismissed any suggestion of wrongdoing after a YouTube video emerged of Johnny Murtagh apparently being passed something by trainer Eddie Lynam's daughter Sarah in the winner's enclosure after the horse's Royal Ascot success last summer.

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The British Horse Racing Authority (BHA) is looking into the incident, but Sole Power's connections all maintain that they have nothing to hide.

Bookmaker Paddy Power, whose mother Sabena owns the star sprinter, has said: "The BHA is looking into it. The way the video was made makes it look like something sinister is going on.

"I've no idea where it has come from, but wherever it has come from they want people to jump to conclusions and that is what has happened. The most compelling evidence is the form book."

CONSPIRACY

The clip shows the transaction repeatedly in slow motion, with something unidentifiable passing between Murtagh and Sarah Lynam after Sole Power's win in the King's Stand Stakes.

In truth, it's hard not to conclude that this is anything other than a slightly absurd conspiracy theory. Eddie Lynam said yesterday that his daughter didn't recall the incident, while Sarah stated in the 'Racing Post' that she was returning part of Murtagh's tack.

"Johnny was having trouble taking the girth off and I went round to the other side of the horse and took off a bit of the breastplate to give it back to him," Sarah said.

Lynam's account certainly appears valid, as she can be seen moving from one side of the horse to the other, and Murtagh is already in the process of removing his tack when the shot begins.

Murtagh also reiterated that he has "nothing to hide" before adding: "I just don't want to speak about it for a couple of days until I have spoken to a few people."

Irish Independent

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