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3 Warned-Off In UK Betting Probe
In the UK, “3 of the Italian entourage at the centre of the betting probe surrounding Golden Surprice have each been warned-off for 3 years,” reported racingpost.com. The disqualifications were announced by the British Horseracing Authority “after Niccolo Ruganti, Pierre Carniti & Allessandro Carli were found guilty of fraudulent or corrupt acts” following an inquiry into the defeat of Italian-trained Golden Surprice “when finishing 11th of 12 as 6-5 favourite at Wolverhampton in December 2007”. An investigation “into betting patterns on the race” initially resulted in 8 people (including jockey Oscar Urbina) facing charges; Urbina was exonerated last month, but Carniti (a director of the company that owned Golden Surprice) was found guilty with Ruganti (who accompanied the horse to Wolverhampton) & Carli (whose Betfair account was used for lay bets) of “conspiring together by using inside information that the then 5YO had neither been in training, nor in a racing yard, since landing a gamble at the same track a fortnight earlier”.