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British Jockey Club Responds to Accusations

1 June 2004

UNITED KINGDOM – As reported by "The British Jockey Club has reacted with disbelief to the claim of Chris Bell of the Ladbrokes bookmaking firm that at least one race a day in Britain is fixed. Bell made his point in an interview with BBC2 Television's 'The Money Program,' which is set to be broadcast on Tuesday, June 1.

"…Christopher Foster, the Jockey Club's executive director, reacted: 'Without seeing the program, we do not know the context in which the reported remarks were made. It could be that it was a throw-away comment, because we know of no basis on which he could make such a claim.

"'Since January this year, the Jockey Club has had a Memorandum of Understanding with Ladbrokes and other bookmakers under which bookmakers report to our security department unusual betting patterns or any event which infers suspicious behavior. Consequently, if Ladbrokes had any evidence of a pattern of so-called 'fixed races', they should have shared it with the Jockey Club. They have not done so.'

"…John Blake, chief executive of the British Jockeys' Association, reacted: 'These sensationalist headlines give the impression that the sport is being corrupted on a day-to-day basis, which along with the Jockey Club, we would strongly refute.'…"

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