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UK Trainer & Jockey Guilty Of Corruption
In Europe overnight, the British Horseracing Authority found trainer Paul Blockley & jockey Dean McKeown guilty of corruption in "breaching the rule designed to prevent trainers & jockeys from conspiring with other persons to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice," reported guardian.co.uk. Lambourn-based Blockley was also found guilty of "failing to give McKeown the necessary instructions to ensure his mount Hits Only Money ran to its merits at Wolverhampton in December 2005" & disqualified him for 2.5 years. McKeown who "was judged to have intentionally failed to ensure that horses Only If I Laugh, Smith N Allan Oils, Hits Only Cash & Hits Only Money ran on their merits in races between June 2004 & December 2005" was disqualified for 4 years. Owners Clive Whiting (8 years), Martyn Wakefield (18 months), Vincent Whiting (4 years), Marcus Reeder (18 months), David Wright (6 years) & Nicholas Rook (6 years) were also all warned-off, while owner David Lovatt was fined £20,000 (A$48,000).