Tuesday 11 December 2018

Case against Faugheen vet 'has no credibility'

'The BHA completed its case yesterday and heard telephone evidence from Mullins, after which disciplinary panel chairman Philip Curl QC wanted to make clear
'The BHA completed its case yesterday and heard telephone evidence from Mullins, after which disciplinary panel chairman Philip Curl QC wanted to make clear "there is not now, nor ever been, any allegation of impropriety by Mr Mullins." ' Stock photo: Getty Images

A high-profile case involving an Irish vet is due to continue before the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) in England today.

Tim Brennan - a vet involved with the Willie Mullins yard for more than 10 years - was at the BHA's headquarters in High Holborn yesterday to face charges that he supplied 'inside information' to his brother Michael, enabling him to lay Faugheen to lose the 2016 Champion Hurdle 48 hours before it became public knowledge that the horse was injured.

Michael Brennan, who was excluded from racing in October 2016 due to his refusal to help the BHA investigations, wagered €2,000 on Betfair, which would have netted him €3,342.

The BHA completed its case yesterday and heard telephone evidence from Mullins, after which disciplinary panel chairman Philip Curl QC wanted to make clear "there is not now, nor ever been, any allegation of impropriety by Mr Mullins."

The BHA's investigating officer and a member of the investigating team were both cross-examined.

Senior counsel Stephen Lanigan-O'Keeffe said the claim that Tim Brennan, who treated the then reigning champion, had tipped off his brother Michael, who then placed a series of lay bets on the horse on Betfair, "simply has no credibility".

The case is scheduled to end today.

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