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Liam Burke: “I’m 47 years into the game and have never experienced anything like it”

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By Brian Sheerin

Coach Liam Burke has opened up about the trauma he has endured from being caught in the fallout from the raid on a County Kildare stud after the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board on Tuesday revealed that all racehorses tested on the premises on November 9, returned negative for any banned substances.

IHRB took hair and blood samples from all the racehorses present at Ballintogher Stud in Monasterevin, from which equine therapist John Warwick operated.

In a departure from the normal procedure, the regulator on Tuesday responded to the pressure to release the results amid the cloud of suspicion that has hung over racing for the past fourteen days.

Burke arrived at the farm with two racehorses, while officials from the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine (DAFM) conducted the raid along with the guard, and so did Ted Walsh, who later explained that he had brought a horse there to be scanned. a tendon. Burke revealed that he only trained one of the horses in his box, Samos Island, which was to ride in a bumper that day at the Fairyhouse, but was pulled back by IHRB officials.

The coach, who was angry that he was not allowed to run Samos Island, despite explaining to the IHRB’s chief veterinarian, dr. Lynn Hillyer, who was not a client at Warwick, said he has suffered panic attacks and has struggled to sleep since the controversy broke out. .

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IHRB: revealed that the samples taken from the horses at the Monasterevin farm are negative

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He added that he is unsure whether he will renew his driving license in the new year due to the situation.

“Under the law of the land, you are innocent until proven guilty, but in this case, I was guilty until proven guilty,” he said. “What happened, and the way it was reported by some, was simply wrong.

“I’m 47 years into the game and have never experienced anything like it. I’ve had panic attacks and I have not been able to sleep over it. I’m afraid to look people in the eye and make them hit me behind my back.”

Burke added: “I was at a point to point on Sunday and I heard a couple of guys behind me talking. I did not know them and they did not know me, but the only thing they were talking about was doping in racing, that it was awful.It’s the view that has been portrayed.This thing has been driven by people who should know better.

“My name was pasted all over the Sunday newspapers and on television everywhere, and people just assumed there was no smoke without fire. Owners have asked me about it and they are not happy about it all. This affects people’s lives and businesses. “For what? It’s not nice. I’m so low over it all that I’m wondering if I should bother renewing my driver’s license at all.”

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Ted Walsh: “It was the result I was 100 percent expecting”

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In a speech on Tuesday, Walsh said of the wait for the tests: “I had no worries. It was just one of those things. It was the result I was 100 percent expecting. I would love to have a horse that would be as much certainty of winning a race as the result would be. “

Jessica Harrington trained the other confirmed horse present, a filly she stated was there for non-medicated laser treatment on a tendon. She explained that she had been using Warwick to treat problems with the suspender and tendons for a long time, and told the Racing Post that she had nothing to hide.

Last week, DAFM and IHRB arrived unannounced at a number of stables, including the Harringtons, following the raid on Monasterevin, and the coach said she was relaxed about the investigation.

“They went through everything and they’ve also tested my other horses around some studs and that’s fine. I do not mind,” she said of the inspections. “They have to do what they have to do. It’s their job.”

Veterinary medicine not authorized for use in Ireland was found in Warwick’s possession and was seized by DAFM on 9 November. He later told the Racing Post that although he accepted that he “violated the rules”, there was “no dope” in his possession and that he would “never compromise an owner or trainer” by using illicit drugs on racehorses.

Tuesday’s revelation from the IHRB confirms some statements, which may provide some relief to the industry at a time when head coach Jim Bolger’s unspecified allegations of illicit drug use continue to linger.

The IHRB’s brief statement read: “The Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board can today confirm that hair and blood samples taken from horses at a local near Monasterevin, County Kildare, on 9 November 2021 have been analyzed at LGC laboratories and reported negative for at all to be banned. times drugs.

“As this is part of an ongoing study working in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and other agencies, we can not comment further at this time.”

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