Detective Denies 'Ticking Timebomb' in Fallon Prosecution
By Shenai Raifat the Old Bailey
The chief police investigator in the Kieren Fallon race-fixing trial yesterday denied that there could have been a "ticking timebomb" in the prosectuon case.
Acting Detective Inspector Mark Manning was being cross-examined by the six-time Flat race champion jockey's QC, John Kelsey-Fry. Manning agreed that Timeform and Channel 4 racing analyst Jim McGrath was not asked to make a statement about his comment to officers that he did not think there had been cheating in the Ballinger Ridge race.
McGrath had made a statement about betting and form, the two areas he had been asked to comment on, Manning said.
Asked by Kelsey-Fry whether McGrath's comment on Ballinger Ridge would have been a "ticking timebomb" for the prosecution, Manning replied: "I do not accept that."
Fallon came second on Ballinger Ridge at Lingfield in March 2004 after leading the field for much of the race.
Fallon, Fergal Lynch and Darren Williams are accused of plotting to prevent 27 horses from racing on their merits in order to lose, in order that gambler Miles Rodgers could win bets on the races. Rodgers is one of three other men accused of conspiracy to defraud customers of the online betting exchange firm Betfair. All the defendants deny the charges.
Manning earlier admitted that he tried to get an expert to answer "inappropriate" questions. …