Four prominent riders, Jimmy Quinn, Kirsty Milczarek, Greg Fairley and Paul Doe have all been found guilty of breaching the rules of racing, at a British Horseracing Authority hearing into alleged corruption. Paul Fitzsimons, an ex jockey, now training was found not guilty.
The riders were on trial together with eight other individuals, facing charges relating to ten races between January 17, 2009 and August 15, 2009.
Doe and Fairley were deemed the most serious offenders, among the eleven that were found guilty, and the duo were the only two riders found guilty of deliberately ensuring that horses did not run on their merits.
Quinn and Milczarek were found in breach of the old Rule 201 (v) ‘Guilty of or conspires with any other person for the commission of, or connives at any other person being guilty of, any corrupt or fraudulent practice in relation to racing in this or any other country’.
Milczarek was also found in breach of former Rule 243 ‘Passing information for reward’.
Paul Doe was found to be in breach of former Rule 201 (v) and Rule 243, and two counts of former Rule 157 ‘Where, in the opinion of the Stewards or the BHA, a Rider has intentionally failed to ensure that his horse is run on its merits the Rider shall be deemed in breach of this Rule and guilty of an offence’.
Greg Fairley was found in breach of the old Rule 201 (v) and Rule 243, and one count of former Rule 157.