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Ahern awaits fate after fraud hearing finishes

EDDIE AHERN'S British Horseracing Authority disciplinary panel hearing has concluded after four days at the High Holborn base of racing's rulers in London.

Ahern (35) was charged with conspiring to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice in relation to the laying of five horses between September 2010 and February 2011.

He is also accused of intentionally failing to ensure Judgethemoment was ridden on its merits at Lingfield in January 2011 and of passing information for reward.

Others charged as part of the case include former West Bromwich Albion footballer Neil Clement, who is facing rule breaches relating to the races Ahern rode in and also the laying of Hindu Kush, which he then owned, when that horse finished last of six at Kempton in February 2011.

Former registered owner Michael Turl, who was charged with conspiring with Clement and/or others to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice, was disqualified for two years and fined £10,000 in connection with the laying of Stoneacre Gareth in March 2011.

The BHA said Turl had entered a guilty plea on a factual basis which was accepted, and as such his case was heard separately.

James Clutterbuck, son and assistant to Newmarket trainer Ken Clutterbuck, and unlicensed individuals Martin Raymond and Paul Hill, were charged in relation to the Stoneacre Gareth race, with the former accused of passing on inside information to Hill, Clement, Turl and Raymond.

The panel will now consider all of the submissions before publishing a result with written reasons in due course.