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Five Jockeys charged with race fixing 20/05/2011
Richard Whitehouse
The British Horseracing Authority has charged 13 individuals with serious breaches of the Rules of Racing including two owners, five jockeys and six others

Following an investigation into suspicious betting activity on a number of races, the British Horseracing Authority has charged 13 individuals with serious breaches of the Rules of Racing. The allegations focus on horses being laid to lose on betting exchanges in 10 races that took place between 17 January 2009 and 15 August 2009.

Registered owners Maurice Sines and James Crickmore, licensed jockeys Paul Doe, Greg Fairley (stable jockey for Mark Johnston), Paul Fitzsimons (no longer a jockey but now a licensed trainer), Kirsty Milczarek (the girlfriend of Kieren Fallon) and Jimmy Quinn, and 6 others – Peter Gold, Nick Gold, Shaun Harris, David Kendrick, Darren May and Liam Vasey – have all been charged with a breach of Rule 201(v) of the old Rules of Racing in that it is alleged they conspired to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice.

All of the individuals except the jockeys are alternatively/additionally charged with a breach of Rule 220(ix) of the old Rules of Racing in that it is alleged that they caused the jockey in the race to act in breach of Rule 243 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 breach of Rule 243 of the old Rules of Racing (changed in Sep 2009) 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

An independent Disciplinary Panel hearing has been set for 20th October 2011 and is scheduled to last 10 days.

The Rules of Racing were updated to the new format in September 2009. The Guideline Penalty for each of the rules above is below. The ‘Entry Point’ is the normal penalty for a case with no aggravating or mitigating factors.

Rule 157 (now Rule (B)59.2) – Deliberately not riding a horse to obtain the best possible placing for personal reward or knowing it has been laid to lose 5 to 25 years disqualified, entry point of 8 years.

Rule 201(v) (now Rule (A)41) – Corrupt or Fraudulent Practice 6 months to 10 years, entry point of 3 years

Rule 220(ix) (now Rule (A)42) – Causing a licensed person to breach the betting/inside information rules 3 months to 10 years, entry point of 6 months

Rule 243 (now Rule (A)36) – Passing information for reward 18 months to 5 years, entry point 3 years

Rule 247 (now Rule (E)92.2) – Owner lays a horse he owns to lose 3 months to 10 years, entry point of 18 months

Rule (A)50.2 – Fails to agree / attend an interview 1 month to 3 years / £1000 to £5000, entry point of 3 months/£2000
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