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Fallon Race-Fixing Trial Begins In London
In London overnight, a pre-trial hearing began at the Old Bailey "concerning 6-time champion jockey Kieren Fallon & others accused of race-fixing," reported racingpost.co.uk. The hearing was adjourned until Wednesday & the trial (expected to last 4 months) "is due to begin next Tuesday". Fallon, 42, & fellow jockeys Fergal Lynch, 29, & Darren Williams, 29, "are accused of taking part in a plot to defraud punters using the on-line Betfair exchange". Also charged are Lynch's brother Shaun Lynch, 37, former racing syndicate director Miles Rodgers, 38, & Philip Sherkle, 42. They "are accused of conspiracy to defraud between December 2002-September 2004 by interfering with the running of horses to ensure they lost races, defrauding Betfair punters. Rodgers is also accused of concealing the proceeds of crime."