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Byrnes in clear over monster gamble.

Byline: Richard Forristal

Charles Byrnes said yesterday he was pleased the Turf Club had not "yielded to pressure from whinging bookmakers" after the regulator cleared him of any wrongdoing in its investigation into his astonishing gamble at roscommon last week.

Byrnes and Davy russell lit up an otherwise ordinary fixture last Tuesday when they landed a major touch with War anthem, Mr smith and Top Of The Town at combined early odds of up to 4,334-1. after each of Byrnes' trio displayed improved form to relieve the bookmaking industry of a figure estimated to be around €5 million, the Turf Club revealed it would look into the roscommon treble.

however, Byrnes made clear in the aftermath of the coup that it was an opportunistic foray and not one that had been months in the plotting.

after the Turf Club re-examined the three horses' previous performances and visited his County limerick yard in Ballingarry, it was confirmed yesterday that he faces no further action.

"They were with me earlier in the week but it's case closed now and I'm happy about that," Byrnes said. "I've no problem with them looking into it and I told them that, and co-operated fully."

In the wake of the touch, some bookmakers claimed the episode reflected poorly on racing. "It would have been a sad day if the Turf Club had yielded to pressure from a couple of whinging bookmakers," Byrnes added.

"Mr smith's defeat at Downpatrick on sunday showed he didn't have as much in hand as his new mark suggests [he was VVCONTINUES page 2

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Aug 12, 2016
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