suspended after a betting scam
British jockeys Tony Culhane
and rival Dean Mernagh were suspended for involvement in a horse
racing betting scam.
British Horseracing Regulatory Authority handed down suspension
sentences today to both jockeys, after they were found guilty of
providing insider information and betting scam. Tony Culhane was
suspended for one year, and Dean Mernagh for nine months. The
sentences come as a part of an investigation into 37 races taken
place in 2003 and 2004.
Tony Culhane was accused of giving information to his
brother-in-law, former jump jockey Gary Lyons, and father-in-law
Dave Watkins. Watkins was warned-off for five years for using
the information on the betting exchanges. Lyons was disqualified
for two years for the same charges.
On the other side, Dean Mernagh was accused of passing
tips to Culhane. The lawyers of both jockeys claim that the
information was passed in a reckless conversation, and their
clients were not involved in a horse racing fixing scheme.
Published on 07/09/2007