Cheltenham-winning horse among assets targeted by CAB
Labaik believed to be among assets owned or part owned by drug dealer John Boylan
CAB wants to seize assets, include the horse Labaik, from convicted drug dealer John Boylan. Photograph: Morgan Treacy/INPHO
A Cheltenham-winning horse at the centre of a proceeds of crime assets seizure is no longer in the same condition as it had been due to the “vagaries of the sport”, the High Court heard.
“Labaik” won this year’s Supreme Novices Hurdle at odds of 25/1 causing a shock in betting circles because of the horse’s previous form.
CAB has brought applications before the court seeking to seize those assets which include Labaik of which Boylan is part owner in a syndicate. The other members of the syndicate have no involvement in criminality.
In court on Monday, Ben Ó’Floinn BL, for CAB, said there had been a default by the Boylan side in relation to a previous direction of the court to put in a replying affidavit to the bureau’s application. Following discussions with lawyers for Mr Boylan, it had been agreed he could have a further two weeks to do so, he said.
Mr Ó’Floinn said another person has claimed a 10 per cent interest in a bank account which CAB is also targeting and the bureau is no longer maintaining its application in relation to that 10 per cent interest.
Counsel also said there had been “a development” in relation to the horse which CAB was seeking. “It is not in the same condition as a result of the vagaries of sport”, he said.
Counsel for Mr Boylan said the reason the replying affidavit had not been filed was some clarification had to be sought in relation to matters. A “large volume of material” had arrived from solicitors and that included material in relation to a “large amount of gambling income”, he said.
Ms Justice Carmel Stewart extended time for providing the affidavit for two weeks and adjourned the case for mention to the end of next month. She noted what had been said in relation to the person claiming a 10 per cent interest in the bank account.
*This article was amended on June 20th, 2017. A previous version of the article was illustrated in error by a photograph of a horse owned by Gigginstown House Stud, the racing stable of Mr Michael O’Leary. We apologise to Gigginstown House Stud for any embarrassment caused by this error and we have made a charitable donation to the Injured Jockeys Fund.