Racing: Two jockeys and former bookmaker face charges

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The charge sheet makes for pretty sensational reading, but the same cannot be said for many of the facts made public so far. Two obscure Flat jockeys, Brian Reilly and Dean Williams, and Owen Churchill, a former bookmaker, must face a hearing from the Horseracing Regulatory Authority over the running of 10 horses on the all-weather between December 2004 and February 2005.

An initial hearing will be held on 29 June, when it is hoped that a date will be set for the substantive inquiry. Paul Struthers, spokesman for the HRA, said: "The investigation started as a result of our betting analysis spotting potentially suspicious betting patterns of one account holder, who was Owen Churchill."

Reilly faces charges over six rides in early 2005 and Williams will be questioned about four rides between 2004 and 2005.

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