BHA denies former integrity chief went on an ‘Oliver Reed-style bender’

By: Greg Wood Tuesday 30 November 2021
  • Authority says claims are ‘misleading and inaccurate’
  • Chris Watts left before opening of Frost-Dunne case

The British Horseracing Authority has denied a claim by former trainer Charlie Brooks that Chris Watts, the BHA’s former head of integrity assurance, left his position after an “Oliver Reed-style bender” in Newmarket earlier this year.

In a column in Monday’s Daily Telegraph, Brooks also suggested that Watts, a former senior police officer who was the anti-corruption manager for the England and Wales Cricket Board before moving to the BHA in 2017, was involved in an alcohol-fuelled incident at the British Racing School later the same day.

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