Jockey in suspicious betting probe
HIGH-PROFILE lightweight jockey, Jimmy Quinn, a native of New Ross, is facing charges in relation to serious breaches of the rules of racing.
He is one of thirteen people who have been charged by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) following an investigation into suspicious betting activity on a number of races.
The allegations focus on horses being laid to lose on betting exchanges in ten races that took place between January 17, 2009 and August 15, 2009.
Quinn is charged with a breach of Rule 201(v) of the old Rules of Racing in that it is alleged he 'conspired to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice' and with a breach of Rule 243 of the old Rules of Racing in that it is alleged he 'communicated directly or indirectly to one or more betting exchange account holders, for material reward, gift, favour or benefit in kind, information relating to the prospects of the horse'.
He is additionally charged with a breach or breaches of Rule 157 of the old Rules of Racing in that it is alleged he intentionally failed to ensure that a horse was run on its merits.
Quinn, one of the most highprofile lightweight jockeys in Britain, has been charged in relation to two races. An independent disciplinary panel hearing has been set for October 20 and is scheduled to last ten days. Quinn's solicitor has been reported saying the New Ross native is dismayed at the charges and is adamant he has done nothing wrong.