Tthe Viking Hoard doping case, in which a horse was ennobled with an overdose of the calming acepromazine (ACP) in Ireland in October 2018, concluded on Thursday when coach Charles Byrnes lost his appeal against a ban on six months for “inexcusable” negligence when he left the horse unattended for “20 to 25 minutes” before the race.
Still, questions remain related to the case, no less important about “substantial” bets on another of Byrnes ’runners at Sedgefield on October 2, 2018, who won an undisclosed amount when the horse was ripped off, Thosedaysaregone.
The reference committee of the Irish Horse Regulatory Committee (the equivalent of the British Horse Authority’s disciplinary panel) agreed at its initial hearing in January that Byrnes had no direct involvement in Viking doping. Hoard. The castrated returned a positive test for ACP which was found 100 times above the threshold level after being started in a race in Tramore on October 18, 2018.
Viking Hoard drifted into pre-race betting from 4-1 to 8-1 and also placed strongly in Betfair through a “white label” spot overseas. An account, identified as linked to a person “in a distant part of the world” with links to fixing matches in other sports, bet € 34,889 [£30,200] to win € 3,200 [£2,850] if Viking Hoard were hit, suggesting a “substantial confidence,” according to the referral committee, that the horse would not win.
During the case it also emerged that the same account risked 30,279 euros to win 12,000 euros before Viking Hoard was defeated in a race at Sedgefield a fortnight earlier, after having gone from 3-1 to 10-1, and also that “ another runner from Mr. The Byrnes stable at this meeting was successfully put against a substantial risk in the exchanges ”.
Byrnes ’only runner on the Sedgefield card was Thosedaysaregone, a 5-4 favorite, who was eliminated by four. Kevin Brouder, his jockey, later informed administrators that his saddle had slipped on him, “causing him to lose his irons and therefore lift the castrate.”
The IHRB was initially alerted to suspicious betting patterns surrounding the Viking Hoard race in Tramore by the BHA integrity department, which monitors activity at Betfair and other exchanges. The BHA team also identified the account responsible for the bets against Viking Hoard, which raises the question of whether it was the same account that also made a substantial bet against Thosedays an hour earlier.
The BHA has a long-standing policy of refusing to comment on past or ongoing research and has strongly adhered to it on Thursday when asked if Byrnes’s races with runners in Sedgefield on 2 October 2018 are, or have been, the subject of an investigation.
Byrnes, meanwhile, will lose his license for six months beginning March 4, after the IHRB Court of Appeals rejected his appeal against the sentence imposed on him at the hearing. original. In a verdict released Thursday, the group said Byrnes’ behavior in leaving Viking Hoard unattended before his career at Tramore was “simply inexcusable.” He also ordered Byrnes to lose his € 500 deposit and pay an additional € 1,500 for IHRB expenses.
Betfair stopped accepting “secular” bets on races from white-label sites in 2019.
The best bets on Friday
The two horses that led the way when a daring attempt to triple a long time ago in the last stretch a couple of weeks ago was unleashed back in action on Friday, but neither Fire Away, Fakenham, nor Blowing Dixie, finally in Southwell, this time makes a lot of waves in the market.
Both were understandably subject to lower odds overnight and while Fire Away is steady around 6-5, Blowing Dixie has fallen to the second favorite this morning. Fire Away could be the one to oppose, however, as he is in grade at Fakenham and also faces a useful opponent to Colin Tizzard. Premium access (2.50), who has started his pursuing career very brilliantly.
The best race by far this afternoon is in Kelso, where Protectorate (1.50) should pick up the winning thread after his likely defeat at the reorganized Dipper Novice Chase in Wincanton in January.
At more attractive odds, Kid Heartbreak (3.50) has a good chance to beat the likely favorite Eclair D’Ainay and record a first victory on the fences after a promising debut in the chase last time, and while Minella Charmer (3.20) is a runner this morning as he returns from 426 days on the sidelines as he has had a good time.
And the new (2.30) stands out around 9-4 on the Lingfield card, while Tres C. (7.15) is the choice of course specialists at Southwell later.
Cheltenham Festival Day Statistics, by Paul Ferguson
Gordon Elliott holds a great record in the National Hunt Chase, having beaten four winners over the past decade, from just eight runners. It is clear that it is a race to which it aims in advance, as its winners returned from breaks of 78 days or more, the longest layoffs were 107 and 134 days. It looks like Galvin has received similar preparation, as he will return from a 144-day absence, while Coko Beach, Pencilfulloflead and Escaria Ten are other possible contenders for the same block.
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