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MP raises BHA concerns over ‘basic’ failures in Hughie Morrison case

• Richard Benyon says BHA has not provided necessary information to trainer
• BHA says its investigation processes are ‘fair, open and transparent’

A Conservative MP has expressed serious concern over the way racing’s ruling body conducts investigations and has promised it will face increased scrutiny. Richard Benyon, whose Newbury seat includes the training centre of Lambourn, said he had become worried about the case being pursued by the British Horseracing Authority against Hughie Morrison, whose East Ilsley stable is in Benyon’s constituency.

“I think the BHA under its current leadership have done some good things,” Benyon said. “But in terms of how they are dealing with issues as important as this one is for businesses in my constituency, the more I’ve looked at how they’ve managed this case and the more I’ve heard from experts on the subject about how they’ve managed other cases, the more concerned I get.” In a statement the BHA insisted its processes are “fair, open and transparent”.

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