Racing World Stunned
Top owner and racing enthusiast John Dance has been hit with a devastating blow as he has been banned once again from running his horses under the Coverdale Stud and Titanium Racing banners. The news comes after a shocking £80 million criminal investigation involving Dance came to light in June, leaving the racing community in disbelief.
New Ban Unrelated to Fraud Investigation
While the ongoing fraud investigation against Dance has caused quite a stir, the latest ban is said to be unrelated. According to the Nick Luck Podcast, the recent ban has no connection to the criminal case that has attracted significant attention.
Interim Action by the BHA
The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has taken immediate action to halt all runners under the Coverdale Stud and Titanium Racing Club banners. A statement from the BHA explained, "Since May, the BHA has allowed runners through Mr. Dance's business in accordance with the terms of the high court freezing order. However, further concerns have arisen, leading to the BHA's decision to halt all such runners."
A Prominent Figure in Racing
John Dance is widely recognized as one of racing's most prominent owners, having achieved numerous successes throughout his career. With victories in multiple Group 1 races and even a French Classic title with fan favorite Laurens, Dance has solidified his place in the racing world.
In addition, Dance also owned Bravemansgame, which secured him a King George win in December. Although the promising horse transferred to the sole ownership of Bryan Drew, it still managed to finish second in this year's Gold Cup, cementing Dance's legacy in the sport.
Despite his past accomplishments, Dance now faces significant hurdles as he navigates both the fraud investigation and the recent ban imposed by the BHA.
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