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Five jockeys and two owners charged with 'serious breaches' of racing rules

The British Horseracing Authority has scheduled a hearing for later this year with the jockeys standing accused of corruption after the discovery of suspicious betting patterns.

Top female rider Kirsty Milczarek is one of those facing charges
Top female rider Kirsty Milczarek is one of those facing charges
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FIVE JOCKEYS IN the UK were today charged with corruption after an investigation into suspicious betting patterns in a number of races also led to charges being brought against two racehorse owners.

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) said the allegations focus on horses being laid to lose on betting exchanges and involve the jockeys Jimmy Quinn, Paul Doe, ex-champion apprentice Greg Fairley, former rider Paul Fitzsimons and one of the UK’s leading female riders Kirsty Milczarek, BBC reports.

They all stand accused of conspiring to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice while owners Maurice Sines and James Crickmore are also charged with similar offences, as are six other men.

The charges relate to 10 races that took place between 17 January 2009 and 15 August 2009.

A hearing is scheduled to take place on 20 October, lasting for ten days, reports The Times (subscription required).

Those found guilty of the charges would face disqualification from the sport.

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