Racing body to beef up illegal bet scrutiny
The body tasked with protecting the reputation and integrity of Irish horse racing is to implement an external system to monitor illegal betting patterns, the Sunday Independent has learned.
The move by the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board (IHRB) - which comes as thousands of punters prepare to lay bets on the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse tomorrow - is to ensure that jockeys or other people connected to horses in a race do not bet inappropriately.
"In view of the substantial amounts of money that are placed on Irish racing every day, it is essential that the IHRB has an appropriate system of monitoring, intelligence-gathering and investigating transactions which may disclose a breach of the Rules of Racing, and the services provided by the successful company will help us to achieve this objective," said Paul Murtagh, IHRB's Head of Raceday Operations.
In the past there have been suspected incidents of unusual betting patterns coinciding with horses not performing as expected in particular races. But sources believe that the IHRB is not concerned that there has been any increase in such behaviour. The new system is planned to ensure that measures to prevent cheating in the sport are brought up to the standards of other sports, it is understood.
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