Dr. Tim Brennan, veterinarian to top Irish trainer Willie Mullins, has been accused by the British Horseracing Authority of passing on inside information to his brother Michael for the purposes of wagering.
The BHA's claims, according to The Guardian, involve the 2016 running of Cheltenham's Champion Hurdle, in which 2015 winner Faugheen was set to compete. BHA claims Tim Brennan informed Michael that the horse had suffered a suspensory ligament injury, giving Michael an advantage in placing wagers. The injury was announced about a month before the race was scheduled to take place, and The Irish Field reports there were questions about betting patterns for the race ahead of the horse's official withdrawal.
Tim Brennan denies the BHA's allegations, describing them in a statement to the Racing Post as “a convenient story” derived from “extraordinarily tenuous evidence.”
Tim Brennan will face a hearing about the charges in July.
Read more at The Guardian
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