Eddie Ahern: facing BHA corruption inquiry due to start next weekPICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)
Former owner Turl given two-year ban and fine
FORMER registered owner Michael Turl was disqualified from the sport for two years, and fined £10,000 at a BHA disciplinary inquiry on Monday.
Turl, a businessman from Solihull in the West Midlands who no longer has horses in training, was among six people, including jockey Eddie Ahern, at the centre of a BHA corruption investigation.
Shortly after the charges had been levelled at Turl, his solicitors indicated that he might be prepared to admit a breach. His inquiry was bought forward following the BHA's plea-bargaining procedeure.
A close friend of former professional footballer Neil Clement, who along with Ahern, are pivotal figures in next week's case, Turl was charged in connection with the laying of the Ken Clutterbuck-trained Stoneacre Gareth at Lingfield on March 9, 2011.
Using his Betfair account, Turl transferred £40,000 of his own money, allowing Clement to stake a lay bet of £40,000 to win £8308 as he could access the account remotely.
Found in breach of Rule (A) 41.2 in that he conspired with Neil Clement and/or other persons to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice, Turl was fined £10,000 and disqualified for two years with the ban coming into immediate effect on Monday, April 22.
The hearing for the other five individuals at the centre of the case is scheduled to start on Monday, April 29.