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O'Brien To Learn Fate In Cape Blanco Inquiry Today
Also in the UK, the British Horseracing Authority's headline-hogging inquiry "into the events that followed the victory of Cape Blanco in the Dante Stakes at York in May is set to be completed (tonight Australian time) 7 months after the incident which led to trainer Aidan O'Brien facing a charge of bringing racing into disrepute" reported racingpost.com. O'Brien "is not expected to attend the final day of the hearing (which was adjourned in August) but will be legally represented at the disciplinary panel inquiry, which is considering 3 charges against the trainer & 2 against travelling head groom Pat Keating". Coolmore's Ballydoyle-based trainer "has denied the charge of acting in a manner prejudicial to the integrity, proper conduct or good reputation of horseracing by not allowing Cape Blanco (who returned from the race having aggravated a heel injury) to be trotted out for a 2nd veterinary examination before leaving the racecourse". He & Keating "have admitted breaches concerning the refusal to comply with 2 instructions from the racecourse stewards".