Irish Trainer Emmet Mullins Banned Three Months For Breaching COVID-19 Protocols

Irish trainer Emmet Mullins, a nephew of champion jumps trainer Willie Mullins, was sentenced to a fine and three-month ban this week after breaching COVID-19 protocols at Leopardstown on June 14, according to the Racing Post.

Mullins had been refused access to Leopardstown when he did not have the proper barcode, but entered the course anyway because he believed his groom would struggle to handle the horse Oriental Eagle (entered in the Listed Saval Beg Stakes) on his own. The Irish Horse Racing Regulatory Board (IHRB) called it an “extremely serious” breach of protocol, and fined the trainer €5,000 (about US$6,255).

Oriental Eagle finished sixth of seven runners.

“I accept the findings of today’s hearing,” Mullins told the Racing Post. “I apologize for my actions, it was done without thought and in the heat of the moment. I won’t be appealing, however, I have made a request to the IHRB that I donate the funds to our frontline workers.”

Read more at the Racing Post.

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