The Chair of British racing’s Independent Judicial Panel has today approved an application from the BHA that an interim suspension should be placed on the training license of Sir Mark Todd following the emergence over the weekend of a video showing him striking a horse with what appears to be a branch.
This interim suspension means that while investigations continue into the circumstances of this incident, Sir Mark will be unable to race horses in Great Britain or internationally.
The trainer has admitted the individual involved in the video was him, has apologised for his actions and agreed to the imposition of an interim suspension.
On Sunday the BHA condemned the video and confirmed that it was looking into the incident.
The BHA will provide further updates as necessary in due course, though will not be able to comment on the detail of the investigation itself until it is concluded.
The interim suspension has been approved on the basis that it can be reviewed at a later date if necessary, on application by either party.
Read the Paulick Report’s earlier account of the video and its impact here.