Downing Street officials jumped at the offer by Meddes to sort out the wrangle over Maksat, a £IO,OOO thoroughbred given to Mr Major by the visiting head of a former Soviet republic.
The unwanted was left stranded for a month while embarrassed officials debated what to do with him. And when Meddes came up with his rescue plan, they were delighted.
The Premier was unaware of the businessman’s crooked past— and civil servants have been rocked by the Mirror’s disclosures.
Maksat is in quarantine innMoscow and is due to arrive in Britain within a fortnight to join a troop of Queen’s Horses.
The money for the operation comes from a special Foreign Office budget.
A Foreign Office spokesman said last night: “We thought Meddes would do the job properly,
“He seemed to know what he was talking about. “Now we’ll decide what to do when the Mirror revelations come out.”