Lengthy bans for three men in British betting case

Three men involved in a betting scheme using insider information have received bans ranging up to 14 years from British racing authorities.

Former licensed jockey Steven Gagan was banned for 14 years for his part in a conspiracy to commit a corrupt practice, stopping horses, passing inside information, and failing to supply phone records for an unregistered phone.

Former licensed trainer Elliott Cooper copped a 14-year ban for breaches of the rules involving conspiracy to commit a corrupt practice, passing inside information, laying his own horse, and causing and encouraging Gagan to commit breaches of the Rules of Racing.

An unlicensed individual, Stuart Trevaskis, was excluded for 11 and a half years for conspiracy to commit a corrupt practice.

The decision in the case was released by the British Horseracing Authority’s Disciplinary Panel this week, following a hearing in July.

The case centred around Gagan’s ride on two horses, Quell the Storm on August 25, 2011, and Kickahead on January 13 the following year, and his intended ride on Platinum on January 1, 2013. The horse was subsequently scratched after being ruled unfit by a vet at the racecourse.

The panel noted in its ruling that the matter was not an isolated event concerning one horse and one race.

“The conspiracy spanned three different horses in three separate races, and involved deceiving a number of different trainers over a period of time.

“This was not a one-off event; it was a carefully planned corrupt enterprise that would, in the panel’s view, have continued but for the British Horseracing Authority’s investigation into the Kickahead race.”

The plan involved attempting to profit from bets against the horses’ winning. In the case of Kickahead, Gagan’s unconvincing fall from the saddle sparked the inquiry.

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  • September 9, 2014 at 1:03 am

    A few years back I had a number of race horses with a well known UK horse racing syndicate. One morning I had a text from the syndicate saying the trainer expected the horse would run well. I asked them to put a bet on for me because I was not near a bookies. They placed the bet and then right at the last minute they changed the jockey. The new jockey was a close relative of the trainer. The horse ran a terrible race. When I asked the syndicate for my betting slip they told be it had been laid by one of the main people (a professional gambler) who ran the syndicates friend. Why would that happen if the horse was expected to run a good race. They gave me money back on that occasion. There was many other occasions they gave me bad tips and I lost. However, I wonder how many people fall for this scam. The racing syndicate is still operating. If you are with a racing syndicate and place bets with them. Ask for proof if they place bets for you.


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