Faugheen Festival withdrawal focus of BHA investigation

Faugheen: was expected to successfully defend Champion Hurdle crown

PICTURE: Patrick McCann (racingpost.com/photos Suspicious betting patterns investigated
By David Baxter 11:01AM 25 SEP 2016

THE BHA is alleged to be investigating suspicious betting patterns regarding the withdrawal of Faugheen from last season's Champion Hurdle.

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Trained by Willie Mullins, who is not suspected of any wrongdoing, Faugheen was the red-hot favourite for the Cheltenham Festival Grade 1, and was also part of several multiple bets involving other Mullins-trained runners for the meeting.

However, the eight-year-old was ruled out of the race in Feburary with a sore suspensory ligament.

The Irish Times allege that several lay bets were struck on Faugheen before news of his injury emerged, with the amounts involved significant enough to affect Faugheen's price with bookmakers and on the betting exchanges.

The Turf Club is assisting the BHA in their inquiries, and, while the identity of those who leaked the information has been established, it is not known what action, if any, can be taken.

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