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first_imgHorse racing Finian’s Oscar dies during summer racing break after colic treatment Share on LinkedIn Horse racing tips The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage “I’ll be bringing a lawyer and a barrister, and I’ll be using an English barrister as well,” Brennan told me yesterday. I checked with the BHA and in fact they’ve been notified by Brennan’s legal team of three barristers and a solicitor who will be attending the hearing on Monday and Tuesday to represent his interests. One of these barristers is very well known in legal circles. He is Edward Fitzgerald QC, whose resume is extraordinarily impressive and includes appearances before the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, the European Court of Human Rights and the Caribbean Court of Justice. Evidently, he has also presented arguments in Belize, Grenada, St Vincent, Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Trinidad and Tobago, St Lucia, Bahamas and the British Virgin Islands. So he is about ready for the crowning moment of his career, the chance to speak in the basement of 75 High Holborn. Media interest has, understandably, gravitated towards the notoriety of some of those Fitzgerald has represented, including Myra Hindley, Jon Venables and Abu Hamza. “Everybody is entitled to a fair trial,” he told the Guardian and you’d like to think he was pushing on an open door with that particular line of argument. I’ve been attending BHA hearings for a few years and I can’t remember anyone arriving with this kind of legal weaponry in tow. I think we can say that Brennan’s defence will be well presented. Brennan, who works for Willie Mullins, is accused of passing on information to his brother about Faugheen, shortly before that horse was withdrawn from the 2016 Champion Hurdle, and thereby allowing his brother to make a profit by betting against the horse. Brennan denies it. Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Hide features … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Thank you for your feedback. Share via Email Today’s best bets, by Chris CookSome people have clearly not done enough preparation when they sit down in front of a disciplinary panel of the British Horseracing Authority, and it can count against them. No such problems will affect Tim Brennan, a vet from Kilkenny, when he defends himself next week against corruption charges. Reuse this contentcenter_img Lingfield 2.00 Demurrer 2.30 Pondering 3.00 Trouble And Strife 3.30 Bailarico 4.00 Free Love 4.35 Prince Of Rome 5.05 Rippling WatersCatterick 2.10 Capitan James 2.40 Mutanaqel 3.10 Prairie Spy 3.40 Montague 4.10 Italian Riviera 4.45 Size Matters 5.15 Perfect Thought Yarmouth 2.20 Winged Spur 2.50 Scale Force 3.20 It’safreebee 3.50 Kaanoon (nap) 4.20 Rhigolter Rose 4.55 WIld Acclaim 5.25 La Isla Bonita Kempton 5.20 King Of Nepal (nb) 5.55 Athassel 6.25 Unbridled Spirit 6.55 Diocles Of Rome 7.25 Firelight 7.55 Cliffs Of Dover 8.25 Magellan 8.55 Little Palaver Bath 6.10 Final Rock 6.40 Archimedes 7.10 Cosmic Love 7.40 Watheeqa 8.10 Blitz 8.40 General Brook 9.10 Jaganory  Topics Read more British Horseracing Authority Since you’re here… Talking Horses Show Quick guide Wednesday tips Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp “I’m defending myself from false allegations,” he told me this week. “I’m going to prove that these allegations are false. I guess they wanted to blame somebody and maybe the person who did it didn’t want to co-operate.” So much for next week’s drama. Today’s drama will be at Catterick, where a workaday card is spiced up by the Turmeric Handicap, named for the durable beast who won a load of staying handicaps at the Scotch Corner track in the late 80s.Italian Riviera (4.10), making his umpteenth appearance in this space, is 7-2 for a third course and distance success in a row. His mark has gone up again but by a manageable 6lb and he might even be able to win this without turning in a career best effort, depending on how the others fare. He’s had a useful break since his last start and I’ll stick with Ken Slack’s veteran. Size Matters (4.45) is attractive at 9-2 in the following seven-furlong handicap. From the Mark Walford yard, which has been among the winners, he ran well but needed his first run back and now has the chance to build on his Ayr success at this distance in August. The nap is at Yarmouth, where Kaanoon (3.50) is an even-money shot to score on his handicap debut after a couple of novice wins. Roger Varian’s three-year-olds made a stuttering start to the year but it seems to me they are, as a group, starting to come good. Share on Messenger Was this helpful? Read morelast_img

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