Racehorse trainer Paul D’Arcy has accepted substantial damages and a formal apology from the publishers of the Evening Star , Ipswich, after allegations that he behaved “unprofessionally, unlawfully and disgracefully” during the sale of colt Indian Haven.
D’Arcy sued publishers Archant over the 4 June 2003 article, in which it was claimed that he had sold the horse without considering the interest of former international footballer Alan Brazil, who the Star claimed was the co-owner of Indian Haven.
D’Arcy’s solicitor advocate, Graham Atkins, told the High Court the article suggested that his client had “conducted himself unprofessionally, unlawfully and disgracefully” during the sale, and had acted “in flagrant disregard” of Brazil.
However, he said Brazil was never a registered owner of the horse.
He said that Archant had apologised for the damage caused and agreed to publish an apology in the Evening Star, as well as the damages and costs arising from the action.