Trainer Aidan O’Brien sues Granvia for suspected contaminated feed

Trainer Aidan O’Brien, son Donacha, Coolmore Stud, Ballydoyle Racing, and many other companies are suing Granvia for € 30 million on suspicion of contaminated feed.

The Commercial Court heard that it forced the withdrawal of many horses from the Longchamp Racing Festival in France in 2020.

The court has heard that Granvia has denied liability for alleged losses and is seeking compensation from a third party for liability for all losses resulting in contaminated feed.

The proceedings are brought by O’Briens, Coolmore Castlehide and Linley Investments of related stud farms, and the Goldendale Unlimited deal as Ballydoyle Racing.

They are also brought to you by Orpendale Unlimited Co, Chelston (Ireland) Unlimited Co, Wynatt Unlimited Co, Bengurragh Ltd, Roncon Unlimited Co, and Whisperview Trading No 2 Unlimited Co. These are enterprises that share ownership of many racehorses.

Performance enhancer

A large number of racehorses are allegedly withdrawn from the Paris Horse Racing Festival in October 2020 as a result of Granvia supplying a batch of “gain” racehorse cubes contaminated with performance enhancer Jill Paterol.

John Kealy, financial manager of Ballydoyle Racing, said in an affidavit calling for a proceeding to the High Speed ​​Commercial Court on Monday, the presence of zilpaterol from feed contaminated with urine samples taken prior to the Paris festival. Was confirmed.

Plaintiffs said he had no choice but to withdraw his horse from Longchamp and lost the opportunity to race there and win prize money.

One of the main consequences of the withdrawal was the loss of reproductive value due to the horse “Wembley”, the son of the award-winning “Galileo”.

It is alleged that Wembley was deprived of Group 1 winner status in a later Dewhurst Stakes race in New Market.

Breeding value

Keeley said the fact that Wembley didn’t get Group 1 status meant that if sold shortly after the victory at Dewhurst, the breeding value of the animal would have decreased by about 30 million euros. ..

Losses incurred include race entry fees, replacement horse feed testing to Australia, travel and shipping costs, accommodation, consultant costs, administration time, and legal costs associated with investigating contamination cases. Said Keeley.

The increased value of the horses that were planned to run in Longchamp and the cost of training costs paid to the horse owners were also lost.

Further loss of free admission to the Breeders’ Cup in the United States has damaged plaintiffs’ reputation.

For plaintiffs, Judge Dennis McDonald admitted the case to the commercial list on Monday for Michael Collins SC’s application.

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Declan McGrath SC, representing Granvia, did not object to the entry application, but said an important step in the proceeding was to join ED & F Man Liquid Products Ireland as a third party in the proceedings. ED & F Man is alleged to have supplied molasses in connection with the pollution incident.

McGrath said the pollutants were supplied by ED & F Man and it is his view that “all claims for losses are with the entity.”

Granvia has filed its own proceedings against ED & F Man, stating that it will not be liable for any losses incurred as a result of the provision of contaminated food.

Judge McDonald approved instructions on the proceedings of the case he said could return in October.

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