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UK "Braces For Another Major Corruption Inquiry"

Thursday, 10th June 2010

British racing "must brace itself for another major corruption inquiry with Newmarket trainer Jeff Pearce, jockey Jerry O'Dwyer & former Classic-winning trainer Geoff Huffer among 8 people facing an array of British Horseracing Authority charges related to the running & riding of Sabre Light at Lingfield in December 2008," reported racingpost.com. Sabre Light "was uneasy on the exchanges before his bid for a 4-timer in the 10 furlongs event, in which he also drifted to 7-2 second favourite before finishing 5th under O'Dwyer & the BHA immediately launched an investigation, having earlier contacted officials at the track to alert them to the betting patterns". Sabre Light ran in the colours of Newmarket publican Fran O'Brien, but the BHA "alleges he was owned by Huffer, who is also accused of laying the horse to lose with the benefit of inside information". The charges facing Pearce include "preventing Sabre Light running on its merits, dishonestly concealing the true ownership of Sabre Light & attempting to mislead BHA investigators". O'Dwyer is charged with "intentionally failing to ensure Sabre Light ran on its merits".

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