Results of enquiries (Neil Mulholland and John Jenkins) heard by the Disciplinary Panel on 19 January
1. The Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority on 19 January 2017 held an enquiry to establish whether or not Neil Mulholland, a licensed trainer, had committed a breach of Rule (C)12 of the Rules of Racing concerning his failure to check the identity of RUNASIMI RIVER from the markings shown in the horse’s passport as soon as it came into his care. The matter was reported to the Authority by the Veterinary Officer on duty at Warwick on 16 November 2016 who identified a number of significant discrepancies between the filly and the markings in its passport. Also, the microchip number did not match the one recorded in the passport, but in fact matched that of the un-named 2013 ch.f. by Generous (IRE) Ex Zaffaranni (IRE). The Veterinary Officer was satisfied that it was the incorrect horse and it was prevented from running.
2. Prior to the enquiry, Mr Mulholland had agreed that the matter could be heard in his absence. Also, Mr Mulholland and the BHA had agreed that they had no objection to the Panel members sitting.
3. The Panel noted that Mr Mulholland had stated that on 15 October 2016 he had runners at Ffos Las and he had agreed with the owner, Mrs G Davies, that she could bring the 2013 sister to a filly that he trained called INDIAN STREAM to Ffos Las and he would take the filly home to train.
4. The racecourse had agreed that the filly could be stabled until Mr Mulholland’s other horses had run so the horse was collected by his staff from the lorry park and put into the stables. The passport was looked at by the stable staff.
5. The passport stated that the horse was a chestnut filly called RUNASIMI RIVER by Generous x Retro’s Lady. Mr Mulholland checked the passport and the vaccinations at the racecourse to see that they were up to date and had a look at the filly which looked like a typical Generous (IRE) filly and not unlike INDIAN STREAM. Following the races the lorry would not start and as a consequence the filly arrived at Mr Mulholland’s stables after dark and was put into a stable. Mr Mulholland continued to train her and it was only after he took her to the races for her first run that he realised that there was a problem.
6. Having considered the evidence, the Panel accepted Mr Mulholland’s admission that he was in breach of Rule (C)12 and fined him £750.
1. The Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) held an enquiry on 19 January 2017 to consider whether or not John Jenkins, a licensed trainer, had committed a breach of Rule (C)17 of the Rules of Racing, in respect of his failure to notify the Racing Calendar Office, by noon 5 days before the horse’s next run, that RUBY LOOKER had been gelded. The matter was drawn to the BHA’s attention when the horse ran at Southwell on 2 January 2017.
2. Prior to the enquiry, Mr Jenkins had agreed that the matter could be heard in his absence. Also, Mr Jenkins and the BHA had agreed that they had no objection to the Panel members sitting. The BHA’s case was presented by Lauren Robinson.
3. Having considered the evidence, the Panel accepted Mr Jenkins’ admission to a breach of Rule (C)17 and fined him £200.
Notes to Editors:
1. The Panel for the enquiries was: Philip Curl (Chair), Roger Bellamy and Peter Reynolds