Boyle returns with Kempton runners

  • Last Updated: February 28 2013, 9:18 GMT

Jim Boyle returns from a ban with two runners at Kempton today, but has revealed he still feels a "real sense of injustice".

Boyle saddles his first runners since the ban at Kempton
Boyle saddles his first runners since the ban at Kempton

The BHA cleared the Surrey handler of administering an alkalinising agent (generally known as milkshaking) to New Den before he was due to run at Lingfield in April 2011, but Boyle was still adjudged to have committed lesser offences.

"I still feel a real sense of injustice - the punishment was totally disproportionate to the so-called crime," said Boyle in an interview with Sky Sports News Radio.

"But I can't let that eat away at me. I've got to move on and that's what we've done. I've got my owners, staff, horses and ourselves to think about and we're not going to look back too much.

"Having said that, there are still questions that I feel need answering, to which we've had no satisfactory answers, and behind the scenes I will still be pursuing them.

"As most know, this is a very precarious business at the best of times. When you have things thrown at you like I had thrown at me, which made things look even more precarious, financially I was extremely worried that the sanctions might tip things over the edge.

"Thankfully that hasn't been the case. We're still hanging in there and we're very positive about the future.

Asked as to whether he'd had any response from the BHA, Boyle revealed that he was still waiting.

"I released a statement on my website six weeks ago, which I know the BHA have seen, and we posed questions of them on that," added the trainer.

"As yet we've had radio silence - no answers whatsoever. This is something that I will be pursuing."

Boyle is looking forward to kick-starting his training career, having been grateful to Roger Ingram for housing some of his horses during the ban.

"I'm hugely relieved (to be back saddling runners). It's a big weight of our shoulders having this over and done with," he said.

"Nothing would be nicer than to come back with a winner. Our last three entries before the ban were all winners so we'll effectively be going for a four-timer.

"Illustrious Lad is in a pretty weak race, has a decent enough draw, my apprentice Nathan Allison claims a useful 5lb and everything looks in place for a decent run."

You can listen to the full interview with Jim Boyle here.

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