Willie Mullins’ vet Tim Brennan denies passing on inside information

• BHA charges relate to suspicious lay bets on Faugheen
• Hurdler was withdrawn before 2016 Cheltenham Festival

Willie Mullins’s vet, Tim Brennan, has been accused by racing’s ruling body of telling his brother Michael about an injury to Faugheen before the 2016 Champion Hurdle, allowing Michael to make a profit by betting against the horse online. The stunning charges were published on Monday and will be heard by a disciplinary panel in July.

Brennan responded in a statement published through the Racing Post, describing the allegations as “a convenient story” and suggesting the British Horseracing Authority knew them to be based on “extraordinarily tenuous evidence”. He criticised the BHA for publishing the charges two months before the hearing and pledged to clear his name.

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