The British Horseracing Authority banned trainer Ian McInnes for three years following a June 10 hearing which determined that McInnes had demonstrated “reckless disregard of horse welfare.” The charges stemmed from allegations that he had run trainee Commando Scott nine times after having a de-nerving operation performed on the horse's hind leg.
Commando Scott underwent the surgery in July 2008 and was not eligible to race afterward, but was run anyhow, placing second at best. McInnes subsequently lied to authorities about the horse's medical history and had the horse removed from his yard to prevent examination.
“It is pretty rare that someone would attempt this course of action,” BHA spokesman Robin Mounsey told the Racing Post.
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