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THERE were echoes of a Dick Francis novel this week as trainer Hughie Morrison attended a two-day inquiry at BHA headquarters after one of his horses failed a drugs test.

Our Little Sister tested positive for nandrolone following a race at Wolverhampton on January 14.

That's a horse, not my actual little sister, who is a firm believer in drug testing and over the years has pretty much tested all of them.

The performanceenhancing drug didn't do Our Little Sister much good. She finished last of eight runners in an two-mile handicap.

Imagine if she hadn't any performanceenhancing drugs in her system, she'd probably still be running.

Morrison (above) denied any wrongdoing and offered a PS10,000 cash reward for anyone who could help prove his innocence.

The only people prepared to help you for a cash reward are called solicitors, and in my experience PS10k doesn't go very far.

My divorce ended in a 50-50 split my wife got half and the solicitor got the other half.

Morrison was handed the minimum punishment of a PS1,000 fine and ruled not to blame. His solicitor was so good he didn't even finish his degree. He settled out of class.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Dec 23, 2017
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