Notice of a forthcoming Disciplinary Panel hearing (Timothy Brennan)

21 May 2018 BHA Features Disciplinary

On Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 July 2018 the Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority will convene to consider charges against an Irish-based individual, Timothy Brennan.

Timothy 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.

Notes to Editors:

1. The Panel for the hearing will be: HH Philip Curl (Chair), Jodie Mogford and Simon Rowlands.

2. More detail regarding the Rules in questions is as follows:

Rule (A)41: Involvement in corrupt or fraudulent practices in relation to racing:

A Person who
41.1 is guilty of the commission of any corrupt or fraudulent practice in relation to racing in this or any other country,
41.2 conspires with any other Person for the commission of such a practice, or
41.3 connives at any other Person being guilty of such a practice,
shall be taken to have contravened a requirement imposed on him by these Rules.

Potential penalties

Entry Point: Disqualify / exclude 3 years
Range: 6 months to 10 years

3. Two days have been set aside for this hearing and media are permitted to attend. There are a limited number of media spaces available, which will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  Please contact if you wish to attend.

Please note, the BHA Judicial Panel is an independent body which encompasses the Disciplinary Panel, Appeal Board and Licensing Committee. It receives administrative support from the BHA via the Judicial Panel Secretary.