Two work riders employed by Aidan O'Brien at Ballydoyle were yesterday found guilty by the Turf Club Referrals Committee of laying the stable's horses for their own gain on Betfair, WRITES RICHARD FORRISTAL
The practice of 'laying' is essentially backing a horse to lose a race. Kaname Tsuge and Gosuke Motoki were fined €2,000 each and ordered to pay costs of €350.
It was just the second case of its kind in Ireland, after John O'Gorman, an employee of Charles Byrnes, was found guilty in similar circumstances and subsequently declared a disqualified person for four months in 2010.
The mitigating factors in this case were that Tsuge and Motoki, who have worked for O'Brien since 2000 and 2003 respectively, "had no knowledge that what they were doing was wrong, and that a pattern of activity emerged from both accounts to indicate that Tsuge and Motoki were "gambling", and not using "solid information."
Over a three-year period, Motoki had laid 34 Ballydoyle runners for an overall loss of €46, while Tsuge's lay transactions on 61 horses resulted in a profit of €600.
Dare To Dance lands Ayr compensation
Dare To Dance gained some sort of compensation for missing Saturday's Cambridgeshire by winning the far less lucrative Daily Record Handicap at Ayr yesterday.
Jeremy Noseda's three-year-old, under Paul Hanagan, was sent off the 8/15 favourite and scored by three lengths from Mirrored.
Roger Charlton has revealed leading ante-post fancy Keys is not a certain runner in the Betfred Cesarewitch at Newmarket on Saturday week following a dirty scope.
While Charlton is still hopeful his charge will make the race, he warned ante-post punters about the setback.