JOCKEY CLUB RE-ISSUE CHARGES FOR KEIGHTLEY AND McCABE - THREE OTHERS IMPLICATED
The Jockey Club announced today that the charges in the disciplinary proceedings involving Shaun Keightley, the trainer, and Pat McCabe, the jockey, have been modified and re-issued. The charges, emanating from the running of Red Lancer in the Wolverhampton Selling Stakes race on 20th October 2003, also implicate Christopher Coleman, an excluded person, his son, Dean Coleman and associate, Neil Yorke.
Following the announcement last year that Keightley and McCabe had both been charged with breaches of the Rules of Racing regarding the running and riding of Red Lancer and their relationship with Coleman, the Jockey Club gathered further evidence for the inquiry and, in light of legal advice from Counsel, has modified the charges ahead of the forthcoming disciplinary hearing.
The Jockey Club's charges allege that prior to the race on 20th October 2003, Keightley either communicated information (to Coleman) to the effect that Red Lancer would not win or be placed in the race or communicated information that was not publicly available and in doing so, the Jockey Club allege Keightley knew, or foresaw as a real possibility, that Coleman and/or his son and associate would use the information to commit a corrupt practice, namely laying Red Lancer to lose with the benefit of undisclosed inside information. Keightley is also charged with instructing McCabe not to ride Red Lancer on its merits, endeavoring to mislead Jockey Club Officials and associating with an excluded person.
McCabe is charged with a breach of Rule 157 by deliberately causing the horse to miss the break at the start of the race by either restraining the horse in the stalls and/or by failing to take all reasonable and permissible measures at the start of the race to ensure that his horse was given a full opportunity to obtain the best possible placing, with the intention of affecting the result of the race; and aiding and abetting a corrupt practice.
Christopher Coleman, Dean Coleman and Neil Yorke are charged with procuring and/or using information which was not publicly available and failing to cooperate with Jockey Club Officials.
All individuals concerned have been informed of the charges, and a preliminary hearing, at which the future progress of the Inquiry will be considered and a timeframe agreed for the conclusion of the matter, has been arranged for 29 July 2005.
AT THE RACES AND TELEWEST BROADBAND AGREE DISTRIBUTION RENEWAL
At The Races announced today that it has renewed its channel distribution agreement with Telewest Broadband, the UK broadband communications and media group.
The cable company currently passes and markets to 4.7 million homes and provides multi-channel television, telephone and internet services to 1.8 million residential customers.
At The Races will continue to be included in all three of Telewest Broadband's digital TV packages, which makes it currently available to over a million subscribers across the network.
In addition, there is a commitment from both parties to develop a bespoke, enhanced television betting application behind At The Races as well as various cooperative marketing initiatives designed to promote the At The Races service to Telewest Broadband's subscriber base.
Matthew Imi, Chief Executive of At The Races, said "We are very pleased to be continuing our successful relationship with Telewest Broadband and look forward to working with them to develop a range of innovative new products for the large number of customers who value the At The Races service. As a cross platform racing and betting channel, At The Races can play to Telewest Broadband's considerable strengths in the digital television and broadband marketplace."
Eric Tveter, President and Chief Operating Officer of Telewest, added: "We're delighted to have concluded a new agreement with At The Races, one which is sure to please our customers."
RETRAINING OF RACEHORSES LAUNCHES ONLINE DONATION FACILITY
Retraining of Racehorses (RoR), British Racing's official charity for the welfare of former racehorses, has enabled supporters to make direct donations online.
Users of www.ror.org.uk can now help RoR in its work providing financial assistance for the care, retraining and rehoming of as many as possible of the 4,000 racehorses that leave the sport each year. Transactions can be made by credit or debit card through a secure server.
RoR was founded by the British Horseracing Board in 2000, and supports the activities of three charitable racehorse rehabilitation centres - the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre, Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre and Greatwood - through part-funding and making money available for capital improvements and property purchases.
Various sectors of the Racing Industry currently contribute to the funding of RoR through annual agreements and a proportion of entry fees under BHB Orders. Until now, individuals could only donate by post, although an increasing number of people are naming RoR as a beneficiary in wills.
RoR's Director of Operations Di Arbuthnot said: "Upon retirement, most racehorses still have so much to offer: witness Pippa Funnell's victory on Blue Horizon at the recent International Horse Trials at Windsor. RoR plays a vital role in helping to launch second careers and rehome retired horses, but is reliant on the generosity of others. Donations made through our website will go directly towards beneficial projects, and will hopefully allow us to increase our level of support."
Individuals can donate online at www.ror.org.uk/donate
FAIRLEY GRABS THE AWARD
Seventeen-year-old Greg Fairley, who rode his first winner last month, when partnering Mamore Gap to victory at Redcar, is the Cocked Hat Northern Apprentice of the Month for May.
Since gaining his first win in the saddle, Fairley, who hails from Hawick and is based with fellow Scot, Middleham trainer, Mark Johnston, has recorded another a couple of victories, including an eye-catching success recently on 20/1 chance Golden Quest for Johnston in a £20,000-added handicap race for stayers at Haydock Park.
The award is supported by Cocked Hat Farm Foods Ltd. of Ripon, as part of the company's involvement for the 20th year in the Northern Flat Jockeys' Championship – The Cock O' The North Award – which up to June 5 is led by the current northern champion, Robert Winston, with 34 winners so far during the Flat season on turf.