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Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Owners call on BHA to help fund Morrison's bid to clear name

Hughie Morrison: has received the public backing of several of his owners
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Owners attached to the embattled yard of Hughie Morrison have called on the BHA to help the trainer fund the investigation into a horse in his care returning a positive test for steroids.

Morrison is fighting to clear his name after it was revealed Our Little Sister tested positive for an anabolic steroid at Wolverhampton on January 14.

The trainer has strongly protested his innocence and has offered a £10,000 reward for information that could help him shed light on how and when nandrolone got into the horse's system. 

Now Morrison, who potentially faces being banned from the sport, has received the backing of more than a dozen of his owners – including Paul Brocklehurst, owner of last month's Sagaro Stakes winner Sweet Selection – who have signed a letter sent to the Racing Post calling on the BHA to do more to help Morrison.

The owners say they entrusted their horses to Morrison principally due to his integrity, high quality of care and ability as a trainer, and stress nothing that has happened in regards to the case against him has changed their position on those points.

"We believe sabotage and consequently foul play is involved with regard to the positive test provided by Our Little Sister," reads the letter.

"While we understand the rule under which Hughie is being charged is intended to protect the integrity of horseracing in the UK, we believe in this instance it is doing the opposite by being seen to act in a manner which does not reflect the principles of 'natural justice'.

"The BHA owes all participants in the sport a duty of care, including Hughie, his staff and his owners, all of whom could be unfairly penalised as a consequence of a malicious act by a third party.

"It cannot be right that in these circumstances one man, Hughie Morrison, has to find the financial and human resources to find out who committed this act. The BHA should be using its resources to find the real perpetrator."

A BHA spokesman said on Tuesday: "It is BHA policy not to comment on ongoing investigations."

We believe sabotage and consequently foul play is involved with regard to the positive test provided by Our Little Sister

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