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BHA over-reacting to injured betting drifter, claims trainer

TRAINER David Evans has joined Gold Cup-winning owner Harry Findlay in suggesting the BHA is over-reacting to dramatic shifts in horses' odds after finding himself at the centre of an investigation into one of his runners.

Evans on Thursday revealed he had been visited by two members of the Integrity Services team wanting to know whether he knew Comghaire was injured when running the two-year-old in a seller at Southwell on July 8.

The filly, having only her second outing for Evans after being claimed out of John Upson's yard, drifted from 7-2 to 7-1 before beingpulled up lame after a furlong. She was subsequently found to have a broken pelvis and had to be destroyed.

"They came to see me last week and asked if I knew she was injured," said Evans. "I told them I wouldn't have run her if I had known she was injured.

"But she wasn't injured; it was just one of those things that unfortunately happen in racing.

"They are putting two and two together because the horse drifted and was injured, but what is messing everything up at the moment is this Betfair thing.                                                       
"Just because I didn't back her doesn't mean I didn't think she would run well."

Thisweek Findlay warned the sport's regulator that weakness in the betting market, rather than individuals taking advantage of inside information, is responsible for significant price movements.

Evans added: "It was one of those things that happen at a place like Southwell. Comghaire did something wrong and that's it. The pelvis is a funny spot."

Last night BHA spokesman Paul Struthers said: "We have looked into Comghaire. The horse drifted markedly in the betting, was pulled up very quickly after the start, and eventually had to be put down because she fractured a pelvis.

"Given those circumstances, it is only right we look into it. Having looked into it, spoken to Mr Evans, looked at the veterinary records and spoken to his vets and looked at the layers, whilst there was a drift, there was nothing suspicious, so we won't be taking further action."


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