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Irish jockey Eddie Ahern to face corruption charges

Updated: Wednesday, 19 Dec 2012 13:30 | Comments

Ahern could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines if found guilty
Ahern could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines if found guilty

Jockey Eddie Ahern and five other individuals have been charged with serious breaches of the rules of racing.

Registered owner Neil Clement, James Clutterbuck, the son of Newmarket trainer Ken Clutterbuck, and three unlicensed individuals - Paul Hill, Martin Raymond and Michael Turl - have also been charged.

Ahern's charges relate to five races held from September 2009 to February 2011.

The jockey, who is likely to be warned off if he is found guilty, is accused of breaching three rules of racing. The hearing is scheduled to take place between 29 April and 3 May next year.

Ahern must answer corruption charges for allegedly stopping Judgethemoment from running on his merits when he finished last of seven runners at Lingfield on 21 January 2011.

The BHA must also consider whether the jockey passed on 'inside information' linked to four other races at Chester (Sisindu), Wolverhampton (Downhill Skier) and twice at Kempton (Love You Louis and French Art).

Clement, a former West Bromwich Albion defender who retired from football in January 2010 due to a knee injury, faces charges linked to the same races in which Ahern was riding.

He is also charged with placing a lay bet on Hindu Kush, whom he used to own, when the horse finished last of six runners at Kempton on February 2, 2011.

Clutterbuck - who is also assistant trainer for his father - Hill, Turl and Raymond must appear before a disciplinary panel regarding a race at Lingfield on 9 Marc, 2011.

James Clutterbuck is accused of passing on 'inside information' to Hill, Turl, Clement and Raymond when Stoneacre Gareth, trained by his father Ken Clutterbuck, finished fourth. 

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