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Horse Racing: PUNTERS GET TOUGH.

RACING faces a nightmarish year as the stench of dishonesty on the Flat grows stronger by the day with high-profile jockey Tony Culhane the latest name in the news last week.

At present we have nine jockeys facing Horseracing Regulatory Authority corruption charges. Two more are appealing against 18-month bans for race-fixing handed down last month and in late September Kieren Fallon, Fergal Lynch and Darren Williams are due to stand trial on criminal charges for racing-related fraud at the Old Bailey.

If a similar situation arose in football or cricket it would rarely be of f the front pages. Historically racing closes ranks and pretends nothing is going on, but I sense a sea-change in public tolerance.

If any jockey is found guilty of corruption the punting public will want the rotten teeth extracted, however painful the process. After all, if there has been wrongdoing it is the punters who have been the victims.
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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Dec 31, 2006
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