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UK Jockey Cleared In Race-Fix Probe

Thursday, 29th September 2005

Meanwhile UK jockey Gyles Parkin (who spent "the bulk of his 32nd birthday in March in custody after becoming the 6th rider arrested as part of the City Of London police investigation into alleged race-fixing") has been told he "is no longer under suspicion," reported racingpost.co.uk. Police confirmed "2 of the 27 people arrested, as part of the long-running investigation into allegations of corruption within racing, had been released from their bail conditions" (but would not reveal the identity of the other individual). The "development came as Parkin's fellow jockeys Kieren Fallon, Fergal Lynch, Darren Williams, Paul Bradley & Robert Winston, along with trainers Karl Burke & Alan Berry & former owner Miles Rodgers, are preparing to answer their bail in a process due to get under way next Monday & expected to last through most of October". An angry Parkin (who was arrested for conspiracy to defraud) declared: "Obviously I am pleased the police have said they aren't taking any further action against me & that I wasn't wanted any more for their inquiries. But I am pretty pissed off I got arrested in the 1st place, when I wasn't guilty of anything. You know what people are like in racing. Mud sticks & it has stuck pretty well to me since I was arrested. I have lost a lot of rides from small owners."

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