The Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has today confirmed that it will meet to consider charges which have been issued against Irish-based veterinarian for trainer Willie Mullins, Timothy Brennan. The charges also concern his brother Michael Brennan.
On Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 July 2018 the Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority will convene to consider charges against Brennan:
1. Whether Timothy Brennan in the period between approximately 24 January 2016 and 20 February 2016 acted in breach of Rule (A) 41.2 and/or (A) 41.1 of the Rules of racing in that he conspired with Michael Brennan to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice in relation to racing and then committed such a practice by:
(a) Communicating directly or indirectly to Michael Brennan, during the relevant period, inside information, relating to the prospects of FAUGHEEN (IRE) in the 2016 Cheltenham Champion Hurdle, obtained in his capacity as a Veterinary Surgeon to FAUGHEEN (IRE) which was not publicly available or authorised for such disclosure by the Rules of Racing knowing or suspecting that such information would or might be used to gain an unfair advantage in the betting market intending to make a gain for himself or another and/or to cause loss to another.
(b) During the relevant period he enabled and/or assisted Michael Brennan to cheat at gambling in relation to the 2016 Cheltenham Champion Hurdle.
Michael Brennan is not bound by the Rules of racing. An indefinite exclusion order was placed on Michael Brennan by the BHA's Disciplinary Officer on 26 October 2016 owing to his refusal to cooperate with the investigation.
An exclusion order has similar consequences as being disqualified from the sport. Michael Brennan is excluded from all premises licensed by the BHA on the basis that his presence is considered to be undesirable in the interests of racing. Additionally, persons bound by the Rules of racing must not associate with Michael Brennan in connection with horseracing in Great Britain.
Brant Dunshea, Chief Regulatory Officer for the BHA, said:
“We cannot comment further on the specifics of the charges against Timothy Brennan as this matter is still to be heard by the independent Disciplinary Panel.
“However, we can confirm that Michael Brennan, who was a person of interest in this investigation, has been excluded from the sport as a result of his failure to cooperate with the investigation.
“This failure to comply has resulted in the investigation process taking longer than it otherwise would have done. However, it has ultimately not prevented us from bringing charges and has also seen the individual ejected from the sport in Britain.
“Since the introduction of a fast-track investigation process for minor offences – which was a recommendation of the integrity review – we are significantly reducing the time taken for most cases to be dealt with.”
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