Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

HRA Launch Probe after 'Ringer' Lands Big Gamble

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

HRA Launch Probe after 'Ringer' Lands Big Gamble

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Byline: WILL HAYLER

A TALE worthy of Dick Francis is ready to be unravelled in the coming weeks, with security officials at the Horseracing Regulatory Authority believing that they have uncovered a case where a 'ringer' landed a gamble in a Yorkshire point-to-point.

Investigations, which allegedly centre on a horse who landed a monster gamble from 12-1 to 2-1 at a meeting early last year, are at an advanced stage and charges are being considered against those understood to have been involved in executing the coup.

Indeed, it now appears that there may have been more than one 'ringer' - an instance where one horse is run under the identity of another.

The most famous recent case in British racing came at Leicester in 1982 when 10-1 winner Flockton Grey was subsequently found to have been three-year-old Good Hand who, being a year older than his rivals, was understandably at something of an advantage and scored by 20 lengths.

Owner Ken Richardson and trainer Steven Wiles were both 'warned off ' as a result and, with the HRA responsible for policing point-to-point racing in the same way, any individual found guilty could expect the same punishment. …

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