Racing: Bookie denies Browne link

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THE BOOKMAKER named in the Dermot Browne inquiry denied yesterday that he had bought any information from the disgraced former jump jockey.

David Aarons, who is based at Wetherby, had been identified in disciplinary charges by the Jockey Club which on Tuesday disqualified Browne for 10 years. Browne, 31, was found to have breached six rules of racing, including one of giving information to Aarons in return for monetary reward.

The Jockey Club ruled that Browne had provided information on three horses beaten in races in August and September 1990. But it cleared him of a charge that he had been paid for passing information to Aarons knowing that Norwich and Bravefoot had been doped and would not, or were unlikely to, win at Doncaster in September 1990.

A solicitor's statement issued on behalf of the bookmaker yesterday said Aarons had not been a defendant in the Jockey Club proceedings against Browne and that in fact he, at the request of the Jockey Club, had given evidence to the hearing and was thanked for doing so.

The statement said Aarons regretted very much the publicity given to him when in fact it was not he but Browne who had faced allegations. The bookmaker emphatically denied buying information from Browne and maintained he was innocent of any wrongdoing.

'My client had no knowledge of any horses being doped and, in fact, on each of the races where it was alleged that he had bought information from Mr Browne he had a losing book,' the statement added.