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U.K. jockeys suspended after a betting scam

 British jockeys Tony Culhane and rival Dean Mernagh were suspended for involvement in a horse racing betting scam.

U.K. jockeys suspended after a betting scam The 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

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