Ted Walsh confessed to being “in the wrong place at the wrong time” when banned drugs were seized in a raid on a Co Kildare stud farm last Tuesday.
A cache of medicines was impounded after an intelligence-led swoop by Ireland’s Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine with officers from the Gardaí and Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board in attendance.
Admitting to be one of two trainers also present at the farm near Monasterevin, Walsh – a pundit with RTÉ – told the state broadcaster : “It’s a bad old thing for racing.
“I’m sorry that someone as high profile as me in racing was even there.
“To cast a shadow on the game. I can’t do anything about that now. I drove in. I was there.”
Walsh is one of the most recognisable faces in racing in both Ireland and Britain, having saddled Papillon – ridden by son Ruby – to land the Grand National at Aintree in 2000.
The 71-year-old, who denies any wrongdoing, claimed he was at the premises – the base of a visiting British equine therapist – after taking an as-yet unnamed horse for treatment to a damaged tendon.
Walsh, who was spoken to by a Gardaí officer on arrival at the scene, added: “I knew, as the fella says, 'wrong place, wrong time'.
“You’re always half guilty by association if you’re in somewhere, aren’t you?”
A spokesman for the IHRB – head of anti-doping Lynn Hillyer was also present at the raid – confirmed: “We had a team there on the day and samples were taken for analysis.”
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Irish racing has endured a turbulent summer amid claims by top trainer Jim Bolger that the use of illicit drugs is the sport’s “No 1 problem”.
Walsh added: “I know Jim well, a big admirer of him.
“I’m not asleep. I know there are people in every walk of sport and life that take shortcuts and do things and I’m sure there in racing as well.
“I’m not an eejit.”
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