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O'Brien Faces UK Inquiry Over Cape Blanco
Ireland's Ballydoyle-based champion trainer Aidan O'Brien "is to face a British Horseracing Authority inquiry arising from events following the victory of Cape Blanco in the Gr2 Dante Stakes at York last month," reported racingpost.com. O'Brien & his employee Pat Keating have been charged with breaches of 2 rules "in that O'Brien encouraged and/or caused groom Keating to refuse to comply with 2 instructions issued by the racecourse stewards". The 1st was an instruction that Cape Blanco "be trotted up before the BHA's veterinary officer & the senior racecourse veterinary surgeon as part of their examination of the colt before he left the track". The 2nd instruction was to "attend a stewards' inquiry after refusing to trot up Cape Blanco". O'Brien is also charged with a breach of the rule "which deals with acting in a manner prejudicial to the conduct and/or good reputation of racing". Keating is charged with 2 breaches of the rule "regarding his failure to comply with the instructions".