Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Banned Pair to Seek Review

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Banned Pair to Seek Review

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Byline: Simon Milham

EAMON TYRRELL and Jason Behan, the trainer and jockey banned from racing for three years for not running Casela Park on its merits at Newcastle in August, will seek a judicial review.

"It's astonishing," said Tyrrell, trainer of Casela Park, who finished sixth, beaten only a couple of lengths and seemingly running on well after being subjected to what the British Horseracing Association's disciplinary panel described as "strong and persistent episodes of restraint".

The BHA disciplinary panel found the pair guilty of the offence after concluding that Behan's ride amounted to deliberately preventing his horse from winning. However, the County Kildarebased Tyrrell said: "I've been in touch with my solicitor."

Casela Park, who has raced only once since, was suspended from running for six weeks. Jim Kavanagh, the Irish Racehorse Trainers' Association chief executive, said: "I think the BHA have overreacted against two very small people and I feel the absence of legal representation for them was not a level playing field. …

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