British stewards accused of 'turning a blind eye' to non-triers and cheating
- A Timeform editorial claims British stewards not punishing cheating
- A BHA spokesman denied the ‘unsubstantiated’ claims by form experts
- Prospect of quick ground denied Sire De Grugy appearance at Chepstow
British stewards have been accused by a leading form-book organisation of failing to crack down on non-triers and cheating.
A Timeform editorial in Chasers and Hurdlers magazine highlighted what they perceive to be a dereliction of duty by the British Horseracing Authority. Ireland has stepped up efforts to prevent cheating but Timeform claim stewards in Britain ‘turn a blind eye, or actually seem blind, to non-triers’.
They allege ‘clear-cut’ instances of jockeys on both sides of the water not making maximum effort to achieve the best possible placing in races. Timeform believe the rules are being flouted on a daily basis, with the handicapping of horses being a particular concern.
British racing stewards have been accused of ignoring non-triers and cheating (pictured, journalists speaking to Paul Barton, the Stewards Secretary, about an unrelated incident)
The tactic of a horse being afforded a quiet run with a view to its future handicap mark is a grey area which has needed to be addressed for some time.
A BHA spokesman denied the ‘unsubstantiated’ claims, adding: ‘Should Timeform have concerns about specific rides, we would welcome them contacting us, either directly or via the sport’s anonymous reporting line.’
On-course British stewarding includes a number of ex-jockeys and the BHA’s Integrity Unit will often work with race-day stewards if suspicious betting patterns are spotted before a race. However, these resources can become stretched, especially in high summer when the volume of racing can mean that incidents slip through the net.
Sire De Grugy's appearance at Chepstow was denied by the prospect of quick ground
Meanwhile, the prospect of quick ground denied Sire De Grugy the chance to make his seasonal reappearance at Chepstow on Sunday.
Connections will now look for a suitable prep race before their star chaser’s primary early-season target, the Tingle Creek Chase at Sandown in December.
Champion trainer Paul Nicholls found conditions to his liking though, landing a 445-1 four-timer with wins for Dolos, Art Mauresque, Coastal Tiep and El Bandit.
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