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Wednesday 29 March 2017

Quinn among riders banned for 26 years

Kirsty Milczarek, who has received a two-year ban over corruption breaches, hides her face from the camera as she leaves the paddock at Kempton last night
Kirsty Milczarek, who has received a two-year ban over corruption breaches, hides her face from the camera as she leaves the paddock at Kempton last night

IRISH rider Jimmy Quinn was yesterday among four jockeys who received suspensions after being found in breach of the British racing's corruption rules.

Paul Doe, Greg Fairley, Kirsty Milczarek and Quinn have been banned for a combined total of more than 26 years for the offences, although the last named got the minimum six months and Milczarek, who got a two-year ban, has indicated she will appeal.

Doe and Fairley, who were found guilty of committing the most serious offence of not riding a horse to its merits along with breaching two other rules, were banned for 12 years each. Both quit the saddle earlier this year.

Milczarek has been banned for passing on information for reward and committing fraudulent or corrupt practice, while Wexford native Quinn received his ban for his part in the conspiracy.

Quinn's solicitor Rory Mac Neice said: "In giving him a six-month ban they have given him the minimum amount open to them and that reflects the panel's view of him. He will serve the ban and he will be back at the end of the period."

CORRUPTION

The corruption case, which involved a total of 13 people -- two of whom were found not guilty after the British Horseracing Authority published its findings yesterday -- focused on 10 races from January to August in 2009.

Former owners Maurice Sines and James Crickmore were both warned off for 14 years after being found guilty of masterminding a network of jockeys and punters to lay horses owned by them on the betting exchanges.

Trainer Paul Fitzsimons, also a jockey at the time, was cleared along with Darren May.

Milczarek -- girlfriend of Kieren Fallon, the six-time champion jockey -- revealed that she was planning to appeal.

"We are going for an appeal," Milczarek said after riding a winner at Lingfield yesterday.

"There's just a few issues and I was found guilty on one particular thing but it wasn't a ride, which I'm quite relieved about."

Irish Independent

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