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Jockeys found guilty of race-fixing

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has banned four jockeys, as well as two licensed owners and their associates, for a total of 66 years after finding them guilty of participating in race-fixing.

In the largest corruption ring ever exposed in British racing history, jockeys Paul Doe, Greg Fairley, Jimmy Quinn and Kirsty Milczarek were all handed bans.

At Wednesday’s conclusion of one of the most complex cases ever undertaken by the BHA, both Doe and Fairley were given 12-year bans for deliberately riding horses to lose.

Milczarek, the girlfriend of six-time champion jockey Kieren Fallon, was banned for two years for conspiring to commit corrupt acts and for passing on inside information. Quinn received a six-month ban for conspiring to commit corruption.

Licensed owners Maurice Sines and James Crickmore were both handed bans of 14 years for betting on their own horses to lose and conspiring to corrupt other races. In total 11 people were sanctioned by the BHA, as they came down hard on those involved in a corruption ring that won the conspirators almost £280,000 from 10 fixed races in 2009. The case is to be passed on to the Gambling Commission, which will decide whether to proceed with a criminal case against some, if not all of those involved.

Milczarek has said she will appeal the decision but it is understood that Quinn will serve his ban. Doe and Fairley announced their retirement from the sport before the BHA had reached its final conclusion.

Jack Watkins
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