‘Shell-shocked’ bookmakers face big fines for underage betting at Royal Ascot – The Guardian

Posted January 28th, 2020 in fines, gambling, horse racing, news, young persons by tracey

‘Racecourse bookmakers say they are “shell-shocked” at a decision by the Gambling Commission to ramp up punishments meted out for failing to prevent underage betting. Seven bookmakers have been told they must pay what amounts to 2.5% of their gross profit for an entire year after being caught by enforcement action at Royal Ascot last summer, when each of them allowed a 16-year-old – the permitted age is 18 – to place a £5 bet.’

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The Guardian, 27th January 2020

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Appeal to be heard for banned jockeys who failed to heed a yellow void-race flag at Sandown – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 17th, 2019 in appeals, disciplinary procedures, horse racing, news, sport by tracey

‘The seven jockeys who each received a 10-day ban for failing to heed a yellow void-race flag at Sandown on December 7 will have their appeal heard by the British Horseracing Authority’s independent disciplinary panel in High Holborn on Tuesday.’

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Daily Telegraph, 16th December 2019

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William Carson banned for six months following positive cocaine test – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 27th, 2019 in disciplinary procedures, drug offences, horse racing, licensing, news, sport by tracey

‘William Carson, grandson of the five-time champion Flat jockey Willie Carson, was banned from riding by a disciplinary panel for six months on Thursday for testing ­positive for cocaine.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th September 2019

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Robin Bastiman banned for three years by BHA for injecting horse – The Guardian

Posted August 15th, 2018 in disciplinary procedures, drug abuse, horse racing, horses, news, sport by sally

‘Robin Bastiman has been banned from racing for three years and told he should be “deeply ashamed” after a disciplinary panel of the British Horseracing Authority found he had injected a horse with a substance containing cobalt on a day it was due to race.’

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The Guardian, 14th August 2018

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Carroll ‘massively disappointed’ by £200,000 fraud trial collapse – The Guardian

Posted May 25th, 2018 in disclosure, evidence, fraud, horse racing, news, sport by sally

‘Tony Carroll said on Thursday that the collapse of a six-week fraud trial, which arose from a complaint he made against a former employee, was “a massive disappointment” to him and owners at his Worcestershire yard. The veteran trainer issued a categorical denial of “any suggestion that I directed the defendant’s activity”, which was the contention put forward by James Hamer’s defence team during the trial at Hereford crown court.’

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The Guardian, 24th May 2018

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Fraud trial collapses over disclosure of BHA evidence – The Guardian

Posted May 24th, 2018 in disclosure, evidence, fraud, horse racing, news, sport by tracey

‘A six-week racing-related fraud case has collapsed after a judge ruled material held by the police and the British Horseracing Authority had not been properly disclosed to the defence. The case arose out of a complaint by the trainer Tony Carroll that he had been defrauded by a former employee, James Hamer, but the defence contended that all relevant cash movements had been carried out at Carroll’s direction.’

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The Guardian, 23rd May 2018

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Regulator at odds with trainers over new rules for equine wind operations – The Guardian

Posted November 24th, 2017 in gambling, horse racing, horses, news by sally

‘The British Horseracing Authority brushed off an accusation of “poor regulation” from the National Trainers’ Federation on Wednesday over a new rule that requires trainers to declare wind operations on their horses, and it seems likely to irritate the NTF further by insisting trainers found guilty of a serious breach of the rule will risk the suspension of their licence.’

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The Guardian, 22nd November 2017

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David Evans fined £3,000 in curious case of Black Dave and Tango Sky – The Guardian

Posted November 7th, 2017 in disciplinary procedures, fines, gambling, horse racing, news by tracey

‘David Evans described as “very lenient” the fine of £3,000 meted out to him by racing’s ruling body after the trainer admitted he had delayed news of a non-runner in the hope of backing another horse in the same race at better odds. Evans staked £6,000 at 4-1 on Black Dave but lost his money when the horse, from his stable near Pandy in Monmouthshire, could finish only fourth.’

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The Guardian, 6th November 2017

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Planning decision of Communities Secretary quashed over “complete volte face” – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 15th, 2017 in horse racing, housing, local government, news, planning by sally

‘The Communities Secretary performed “a complete and unexplained volte face” in his assessment of the highways impacts of two proposals for development on the same site in Newmarket, a Planning Court judge has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th May 2017

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Dante a devil of a time for BHA to release Richie McGrath verdict – The Guardian

Posted May 18th, 2015 in corruption, disciplinary procedures, horse racing, news by sally

‘Minimal coverage given to British Horseracing Authority’s unfounded corruption investigation into jockey and others is only part of a sorry saga.’

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The Guardian, 17th May 2015

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“Horse play” – Tribunal concludes that racehorse ownership was a gamble and not a trade and rejects the taxpayer’s loss relief claim – RPC Tax Take

Posted February 19th, 2015 in gambling, horse racing, news, taxation, tribunals by sally

‘In recent years, there has been a seemingly unending string of cases relating to whether certain activities constitute trading. Ewan Leslie James McMorris v HMRC[1]is the latest case to consider the circumstances in which a taxpayer may deduct losses incurred from his other income under section 64, Income Tax Act 2007 (ITA).’

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RPC Tax Take, 13th February 2015

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They don’t shoot horse riders, do they? – Sports Law Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted September 29th, 2014 in appeals, disciplinary procedures, drug offences, horse racing, news, sport by tracey

‘Afficionados of Sherlock Holmes will recall “The Adventure of Silver Blaze”, a tale of horse nobbling and dark deeds amidst the turf fanciers of late Victorian England. “Silver Blaze” (incidentally the only Holmes story to feature a deerstalker cap, and that only in an accompanying illustration) is a story in which the question of custody of the horse is all important, and is best known for the curious incident of the dog in the night-time. The curious incident is that the dog did nothing (it had been doped, using curried mutton – not a frequently encountered doping agent in modern sporting life) , and nothing is also what the rider of the horse did in Turner v British Equestrian Federation (SR/0000120209, 1 August 2014). Nothing wrong, that is.’

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Sports Law Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 25th September 2014

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Regina (William Hill Organization Ltd) v Horserace Betting Levy Board and others – WLR Daily

Posted May 16th, 2013 in appeals, gambling, horse racing, law reports by sally

Regina (William Hill Organization Ltd) v Horserace Betting Levy Board and others [2013] EWCA Civ 487; [2013] WLR (D) 174

“A customer which as part of its business did betting on a betting exchange did not receive or negotiate bets so was not a bookmaker for the purposes of the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act 1963 and was not liable to pay the horserace betting levy.”

WLR Daily, 3rd May 2013

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Godolphin doping: Mahmood Al Zarooni gets eight-year ban – BBC News

Posted April 26th, 2013 in disqualification, drug abuse, horse racing, horses, news, sport by tracey

“Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni has been banned from racing for eight years
after doping horses at one of the world’s leading racing operations.”

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BBC News, 25th April 2013

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Trainer Howard Johnson faces horse welfare inquiry – BBC News

Posted July 20th, 2011 in animal cruelty, drug offences, health & safety, horse racing, news by tracey

“Trainer Howard Johnson is appearing before a British Horseracing Authority inquiry on Wednesday to face horse welfare and doping charges.”

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BBC News, 20th July 2011

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Racecourse owners cleared of cartel claim – The Times

Posted August 11th, 2008 in competition, horse racing, news by sally

“A consortium of more than half of Britain’s racecourses did not breach competition laws by forming its own breakaway television channel, a judge ruled today.”

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The Times, 8th August 2008

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Police defend race-fixing inquiry – BBC News

Posted May 16th, 2008 in corruption, gambling, horse racing, news by sally

“The City of London Police has defended the race-fixing investigation which ended with the collapse of a £10m trial but said procedures could be tightened.”

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BBC News, 16th May 2008

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Kieren Fallon is cleared of cheating as race-fixing trial collapses – The Times

Posted December 10th, 2007 in fraud, gambling, horse racing, news by sally

“The reputation of the police force that claims to be the country’s elite antifraud unit was in tatters last night after the collapse of its cheating case against one of horse racing’s greatest talents.”

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The Times, 8th December 2007
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