Racing: Sixth jockey arrested

Gyles Parkin was last night released on bail after becoming the sixth jockey to be arrested as part of the on-going investigation by City of London Police into alleged race-fixing. The rider, who was 32 yesterday, was arrested in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, early in the day on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud. He spent the day being questioned at a local police station before being bailed to appear in May.

Gyles Parkin was last night released on bail after becoming the sixth jockey to be arrested as part of the on-going investigation by City of London Police into alleged race-fixing. The rider, who was 32 yesterday, was arrested in Scarborough, North Yorkshire, early in the day on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud. He spent the day being questioned at a local police station before being bailed to appear in May.

Parkin's agent, Richard Hale, said: "Gyles hasn't been riding for a while as his shoulder was bothering him. He was prep aring for the new Flat season." Parkin rode his first winner on Nicky Henderson's Class Act at Catterick in 1990 and had 11 wins from 177 mounts last season.

His arrest took the number who have been arrested and bailed in the investigation to 27. Sixteen, including the former Flat champion jockey Kieren Fallon, colleagues Fergal Lynch and Darren Williams, and trainer Karl Burke, were arrested and bailed back in September.

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