Four jockeys charged in corruption enquiry

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Updated: May 22, 2011

The BHA have confirmed that five jockeys have been charged with serious breaches of the rules of racing. Paul Doe, Greg Fairley, Kirsty Milczarek and Jimmy Quinn are currently riding, while former jockey Paul Fitzsimons is the fifth member.

It is alleged they conspired to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice following a BHA investigation into suspicious betting activity on a number of races. Fitzsimons has since quit the saddle but is now a licensed trainer.

Registered owners Maurice Sines and James Crickmore have also been charged under the same investigation, along with six others – Peter Gold, Nick Gold, Shaun Harris, David Kendrick, Darren May and Liam Vasey.

The owners and six others listed above have alternatively/additionally been charged with another breach in that it is alleged ‘they caused the jockey in the race to act by communicating to him directly or indirectly, at his request and for material reward, gift, favour or benefit in kind, Inside Information in relation to the named horse’.

Each of the jockeys is additionally charged with a different breach in that it is alleged ‘they communicated directly or indirectly to one or more betting exchange account holders, for material reward, gift, favour or benefit in kind, information relating to the prospects of the named horse’.

In a statement released on Friday, the BHA’s acting chief executive Chris Brand said: “The charges issued by the Authority today are the result of a lengthy, detailed and complex investigation, following suspicious betting activity on more than one betting exchange and with traditional bookmakers. It is of course of utmost importance that those charged are given a fair hearing and the opportunity to defend themselves and we will therefore make no further comment on the details of this case at this stage.”

Brand added: “Racegoers and punters should be reassured that the overwhelming majority of races are free of suspicion and we are committed to deterring and detecting wrongdoing and taking action when we believe there is evidence of it.”

A statement from the Professional Jockeys’ Association read: “The PJA said that they were aware of the on-going BHA’s investigations relating to these jockeys, but were only informed recently that charges were imminent. The PJA has now recommended that the jockeys in question seek legal representation. The PJA stressed that on any issues concerning integrity, which is vital to the sport of horse racing, it will continue to support the BHA in carrying out that function. Until this case is concluded, the PJA, as the trade body for jockeys, will continue to offer advice and support to the jockeys should they seek it”
Each of the jockeys is additionally charged with a breach of Rule 243 of the old Rules of Racing in that it is alleged they communicated directly or indirectly to one or more betting exchange account holders, for material reward, gift, favour or benefit in kind, information relating to the prospects of the named horse as follows:

Paul Doe – Races 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8
Greg Fairley – Races 5, 6, 8 & 9
Paul Fitzsimons – Race 3
Kirsty Milczarek – Race 10
Jimmy Quinn – Races 1 & 2

In relation to races one and three only, Maurice Sines and James Crickmore are also charged with a breach of Rule 247 of the old Rules of Racing in that it is alleged that they instructed others to place lay bets on their behalf and/or received the whole or any part of the proceeds of such bets when they were the owners of the named horse.

Maurice Sines is additionally charged with a breach of Rule (A)50.2.2 in that he refused to attend an interview with BHA investigators.

Each jockey is also charged with a breach or breaches of Rule 157 of the old Rules of Racing in that it is alleged they intentionally failed to ensure that their horse was run on its merits as follows:

Paul Doe – Races 4 & 8
Greg Fairley – Races 5, 6 & 9
Paul Fitzsimons – Race 3
Kirsty Milczarek – Race 10
Jimmy Quinn – Race 1

The races in question are:

Date

Horse

Course/Time

1

17.1.09

ITS A MANS WORLD

Lingfield 1245

2

7.2.09

SILK GALLERY

Wolves 1730

3

13.2.09

ITS A MANS WORLD

Lingfield 1445

4

1.3.09

EDITHS BOY

Lingfield 1450

5

5.3.09

THE STAFFY

Wolves. 2120

6

20.3.09

KING OF LEGEND

Wolves 1920

7

8.4.09

SHEERJAWY

Kempton 1850

8

23.7.09

TERMINATE

Bath 1455

9

14.8.09

OBE GOLD

Catterick 1955

10

15.8.09

OBE GOLD

Lingfield 1900
More to follow…..

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