Chris Cook

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Talking Horses: trainers warned of product containing anabolic steroids

The British Horseracing Authority has emailed trainers to tell them they should stop using Regumate immediatelyBritish trainers have been electrified this morning by receipt of an email from the BHA saying that a product which has been in widespread us…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/sep/21/talking-horses-trainers-warned-of-product-containing-anabolic-steroids

Trainers receive warning about use of drug which may contain steroids

• BHA will issue advisory notice on product Regu-Mate• Black Caviar trainer says ‘all my better mares were on it’Trainers in Britain are to be warned about their use of the product Regu-Mate following tests in Australia which suggest it may contain ana…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/sep/10/trainers-issued-warning-drug-use-regu-mate-streroids-british-horseracing-authority

Ex-owner once banned indefinitely by BHA behind ambitious Newmarket yard

• Gary Banham backing new venture after assurances to officials• Banham was banned by BHA in relation to Sabre Light caseA man who was banned from racing for threatening investigators has managed to get his suspension lifted and is believed to have bou…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/sep/04/owner-gary-banham-banned-indefinitely-british-horseracing-authority-backing-newmarket-stable

Talking Horses: BHA deserve praise for punter-focused stewarding

The way the British Horseracing Authority wants their team of stewards to look at a race will bring them a lot closer to punters and they way they scrutinise the action at the trackI enjoyed listening the other day as a new future for racecourse stewar…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/aug/31/talking-horses-british-horseracing-authority-praise-punter-focused-stewarding-horse-racing-tips

BHA admit their mistake in proposing to finish using volunteer stewards

• Situation caused ‘ill will’ and ‘could have been handled better’ • Stewards’ panels will use only one volunteer from next yearRacing’s ruling body has accepted it made a mistake last year when it suggested the days of volunteer stewards were over as …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/aug/29/british-horseracing-authority-mistake-proposing-finish-using-volunteer-stewards

Talking Horses: BHA and trainers need to talk about medication

In light of the recent Bastiman case, racing’s rulers could usefully ensure that trainers are not over-using medicationThe written reasons for the Bastiman verdict, published on Tuesday, were extensive and helpful, as verdicts have usually been since d…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/aug/29/talking-horses-bha-and-trainers-need-to-talk-about-medication

Talking Horses: medication a hot topic in wake of Bastiman case

Worrying evidence was heard last week about medication practices that apparently persisted for years at one stable The extent to which racehorses are medicated is a topic of conversation once more, or should be, following the extraordinary evidence giv…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/aug/13/talking-horses-medication-a-hot-topic-in-wake-of-bastiman-case

Robin Bastiman risks ban after admitting he lied to disciplinary panel

• Level of cobalt in John Caesar was three times the threshold• Trainer initially denied injecting B12 on racedaysRobin Bastiman, famous for training Borderlescott to win two Nunthorpes, admitted lying to a disciplinary panel during an occasionally dra…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/aug/10/robin-bastiman-risks-ban-after-admitting-he-lied-to-disciplinary-panel

Talking Horses: Rebecca Bastiman and father face cobalt hearing at BHA

The Bastimans are charged as a result of a raised reading for cobalt given by John Caesar after a race he won in 2016New ground will be broken on Friday morning, which brings the first disciplinary hearing involving a British-based trainer charged with…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/aug/09/talking-horses-rebecca-bastiman-and-father-face-cobalt-hearing-at-bha

Tim Brennan cleared of passing on information about Faugheen injury

• Disciplinary panel said there were other possible sources• BHA left to explain why it had pursued case relating to vetTim Brennan has been cleared of the accusation that he passed on inside information about an injury to Faugheen before the 2016 Cham…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jul/19/tim-brennan-cleared-passing-information-faugheen-injury-2016-champion-hurdle

Talking Horses: fretting over the BHA’s case against Tim Brennan

Racing’s regulator appears to have no direct evidence the Brennan brothers spoke on the critical day or that Faugheen was lame thenI see from social media that some have not grasped how circumstantial the case is against the vet Tim Brennan, who has be…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/jul/18/talking-horses-fretting-over-the-bhas-case-against-tim-brennan

Talking Horses: Willie Mullins makes no bones about who runs his stable

It was entertaining to hear the great trainer outline how few people get a look-in on the decision-making process at his Carlow yardYou may be familiar with how much personal authority Willie Mullins has at his County Carlow yard but it was entertainin…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/jul/17/talking-horses-willie-mullins-makes-no-bones-about-who-runs-his-stable

Corruption case against Willie Mullins’ vet described as ‘complete fantasy’

• Tim Brennan alleged to have passed inside information• His brother layed Faugheen before it was declared a non-runnerA corruption case brought against Willie Mullins’ vet has been condemned by defence lawyers as “complete fantasy”, at a regulatory he…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jul/16/willie-mullins-vet-brennan-faugheen-withdrawn-champion-hurdle-bha

Talking Horses: impressive legal team lined up for Tim Brennan defence

‘I’m going to prove that these allegations are false,’ Kilkenny vet says, and he will not be short of expert legal assistanceSome people have clearly not done enough preparation when they sit down in front of a disciplinary panel of the British Horsera…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/jul/11/talking-horses-impressive-legal-team-lined-up-for-tim-brennan-defence

Talking Horses: better body protectors for Britain’s jockeys

The British Horseracing Authority will grant riders an extra 1lb at the scales so they can wear improved protective equipmentA tip of the hat this morning to racing’s rulers, who have made another significant effort to protect our jockeys. From 1 Octob…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/jun/28/talking-horses-better-body-protectors-for-britains-jockeys

Carroll ‘massively disappointed’ by £200,000 fraud trial collapse

• Trainer issues denial he ‘directed the defendant’s activity’• Alex Frost has spoken about hopes for future of ToteTony Carroll said on Thursday that the collapse of a six-week fraud trial, which arose from a complaint he made against a former employe…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/24/carroll-massively-disappointed-by-200000-trial-collapse