O’Briens and Coolmore sue over 2020 Arc weekend feed contamination drama
Aidan O’Brien and his son Donnacha are among ten plaintiffs associated with Coolmore and Ballydoyle who this week began the process of suing the animal feed supplier Glanbia over the contaminated feed controversy on Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe weekend in 2020.
After it emerged that five horses – none of which were trained by the O’Briens – had tested positive in France for Zilpaterol. Gain Equine Nutrition, which is owned by Glanbia, issued a statement to trainers on Friday, October 2, 2020 advising them not to feed their products to horses.
The directive from Gain prompted the O’Brien family to change their feed supplier immediately and ultimately withdraw 11 intended runners from Sunday’s Longchamp card, including four intended starters in the Arc, Europe’s most prestigious Flat race.
Two of the 11 were trained by O’Brien’s eldest son Joseph, who is not believed to be party to the legal proceedings that began this week.