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Director warned off for Burke link.

COMPANY director Grit Birch was yesterday warned off for three years for associating with Kahlil Burke and misleading the BHA over her relationship with the disqualified former trainer, writes David Carr.

The case dates to an application made in 2010 for Bert Lavis to train for Birch's Phlorian Racing Ltd at Higher Lowton Farm, Devon. Information was received suggesting Burke had been seen on the premises but Birch denied knowing him.

Lavis's application was refused but after Peter Brookshaw subsequently obtained a licence to train for Phlorian there were further reports of Burke's possible presence and two BHA investigating officers saw him watch the horses on the gallops and accompany them back to the yard.

The disciplinary panel did not accept Burke's explanation that he was on the gallops to assess whether a broodmare was lame, nor Birch's explanation he was "fixing the fencing".

Analysis of Birch's telephone records from July 31, 2010 to December 31, 2010 revealed 381 calls and 48 texts to numbers attributed to Burke.

Birch, who was on Brookshaw's list of employees and had therefore agreed to be bound by the rules of racing, was found to have ignored the rules and lied to the BHA.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Oct 26, 2012
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