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Keightley and McCabe face Jockey Club as Red Lancer inquiry begins.

Byline: BRUCE JACKSON

TRAINER Shaun Keightley and jockey Pat McCabe finally face the Jockey Club today over the running and riding of Red Lancer in a Wolverhampton seller over two years ago.

The Jockey Club has set four days aside for the inquiry at its Shaftesbury Avenue headquarters, with Keightley facing allegations of six breaches of the rules and McCabe two.

Both the Jockey Club and the Racing Post were tipped off that Red Lancer would not win the Wolverhampton seller on October 20, 2003. Red Lancer lost all chance when left in the stalls.

The case also involves London tailor Christopher Coleman, his son Dean and Surrey-based builder Neil Yorke. This trio are already excluded from Jockey Club licensed premises for corrupt betting practices in the successful case against retired jockey Gary Carter.

The Jockey Club yesterday revealed extra details of the Red Lancer charges. Keightley told its investigating official that his calls to Coleman snr in the run-up to the race were to discuss his divorce and suits with the tailor.

Keightley is alleged to have communicated information to Coleman to the effect that Red Lancer would not win or be placed, realising Coleman and/or his son and associate would use this information to lay Red Lancer on the Betfair betting exchange.

Keightley is also charged with instructing McCabe not to ride Red Lancer on the horse's merits, endeavouring to mislead officials and associating with an excluded person.

McCabe is charged with a breach of Rule 157 for deliberately causing Red Lancer to miss the break by either restraining the horse and/or failing to take all reasonable and permissible measures to ensure his mount was able to obtain the best possible placing, with the intention of affecting the result. He is also charged with aiding and abetting a corrupt practice.

The Colemans and Yorke are not expected to attend the inquiry, as they have not shown up to preliminary hearings or submitted any evidence.

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Dec 12, 2005
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