Britain's horseracing authorities are poised to mount a major investigation into claims that five jockeys deliberately lost races as part of a multi-million-pound betting scandal.
The British Horseracing Authority is to investigate allegations that the jockeys have pocketed up to €6,000 a time from criminal gangs who bet on their horses not to win.
The probe would be the biggest since former champion jockey Kieren Fallon went on trial with two fellow riders in 2007, accused of race-fixing. All three were cleared after the case collapsed. Fallon received a 10-day ban last Wednesday after he was found guilty of "not riding out", meaning he was caught for second place, at Kempton.
The latest scam is believed to involve flat racing. Peter Bottomley MP, of the All-Party Parliamentary Racing and Bloodstock Group, called for a police inquiry.
The five jockeys were said to be linked to at least two criminals. If found guilty, they could face bans of up to 20 years. The BHA said: "It would be inappropriate to comment on individual investigations."