Corruption Hearing Starts Thursday

Published: October 24, 2011 01:39 pm EDT

After having gone through quite a public row last week over its new and ultimately modified whipping rule, the British Horseracing Authority is set to deal with more dirty laundry this week, as 13 individuals, including jockeys and horse owners, are set to go on the defensive regarding race-fixing allegations

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An article by The Telegraph explains that, among many others, a pair of horse owners, Maurice Sines and James Crickmore, have been alleged to be at the centre of a scheme to pay jockeys Paul Doe, Greg Fairley, Jimmy Quinn, Kirsty Milczarek and (ex-jockey) Paul Fitzsimons to purposely not win races with their mounts.

The BHA has alleged that Sines and Crickmore then passed the information along to gamblers that bet the horses to lose on betting exchanges. The report states that the investigation started up after a major bookmaking firm reported suspicious wagers regarding some of the races the jockeys had ridden in.

The riders in question have been charged with conspiring to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice; passing information to betting exchange account holders for 'material reward, gift, favour or benefit in kind'; and intentionally failing to ensure that horses ran on their merits.

The 10-day BHA hearing on the situation is scheduled to get underway Thursday, October 27.

(With files from The Telegraph)

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