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UK Trainer Disqualified For 12 Months in Race-Fix Case
The British Horseracing Authority has disqualified trainer Karl Burke for 12 months following a race-fixing inquiry (also involving former owner Miles Rodgers, & jockeys Fergal Lynch & Darren Williams), reported racingpost.com. During the inquiry, the allegations against Burke included supplying inside information to Rodgers about 6 of his runners, associating with Rodgers while he was a disqualified person in 2004 & misleading BHA investigators when interviewed in August 2008. A disciplinary panel had earlier dismissed an application by Burke last month to stop "any further consideration of those allegations, on the grounds that there had been a delay in the prosecution and because it was said that he had a "legitimate expectation" that he would not be charged with a breach of the rules of racing if he was not the subject of criminal charges following the police investigation into the activities that eventually led to the failed Old Bailey trial of Kieren Fallon, Fergal Lynch, Darren Williams and others." Burke recorded his first Gr1 victory when Lord Shanakill took out the Gr1 Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly on July 6, just two weeks ago. The ban is affective as of July 28.