Talking Horses: Irish horse doping case leaves questions stuck in stalls

By: Greg Wood Wednesday 20 January 202

Charles Byrnes has been suspended for six months after Viking Hoard was nobbled but this story is far from over

There are still plenty of unanswered questions following Tuesday’s news from Ireland that Charles Byrnes’s gelding Viking Hoard was doped with acepromazine (ACP) before a race at Tramore in October 2018. These include whether Byrnes’s imminent appeal to the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board is against its Referrals Committee’s finding in the case, or only its penalty: a six-month ban and €1,000 fine.

As a result, there will be no formal comment on the case from any interested parties – regulators, individuals or businesses – until the appeal has been heard. At that point, we may find out a little more about the individual “said to be associated with match-fixing in other sports” who was apparently behind big bets against Viking Hoard before he ran at Tramore, and also before two more of the gelding’s races, both abject defeats, a few weeks earlier.

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