Racing: Osborne in clear over race-fixing
Tuesday 06 October 1998
Osborne, the highest profile jockey apprehended when police began swoops in January which collected 10 people, will now resume a career which has been dogged by injury during the course of his bail.
The Metropolitan Police last night informed the Jockey Club that Osborne had been released without charge. Their report to the Crown Prosecution Service should now be nothing more than a rubber-stamping exercise, though Osborne will not be easing the cork out of the bottle until the folder is closed. Nevertheless, he welcomed yesterday's opportunity to speak to officers and learn of his imminent discharge. Osborne now joins Leighton Aspell as a rider exonerated.
"The outcome of the meeting today appears to be favourable, but there is still a process that has to be conducted before my release is official," the jockey said last night. "Relief is not really the right word for how I'm feeling because I knew this would always happen eventually. It's good news that at long last I've had the chance to answer questions, which I've been wanting to do since January."
Christopher Spence, the senior steward of the Jockey Club, added: "The Jockey Club welcomes the decision that Jamie Osborne has not been charged and, in the interests of Jamie Osborne, his family and racing, we hope that the Crown Prosecution Service will reach an early conclusion to bring the unfortunate matter to an end."
With that barrier removed, Osborne is now free to review competitive action as soon as he feels a shattered wrist, the legacy of a racecourse accident last October, will stand the test. "I'm riding out every day, I'm schooling and I'm in the gym," he said. "I'm getting myself fit, I'm getting my hand stronger and I'm confident of resuming before the end of the month. I'm confident that I'm soon going to be back on a racecourse."
Dean Gallagher, the third jockey arrested, is due to report at Charing Cross police station today. "I am delighted for Jamie," he said last night. "He was released today, I hope I will be released tomorrow."
Queen's trainer quits, page 5
Latest in Sport
Brendan Rodgers future: Odds shorten on sack as Liverpool manager prepares to meet bosses in next 36 hours
Fifa corruption: Sepp Blatter's right-hand man Jerome Valcke 'sent' $10m payment to Jack Warner in letter from the South African FA
Sepp Blatter resigns: Under-pressure Fifa president quits amid corruption scandal
Next Liverpool manager: Carlo Ancelotti and Jurgen Klopp among favourites to succeed Brendan Rodgers
Liverpool transfer news: James Milner nearing Anfield switch, but club baulk at £32.5m Christian Benteke release clause
- 3 Alton Towers crash: Four seriously injured and 16 guests trapped as Smiler ride carriages collide
- 4 Ann Summers survey reveals the UK's favourite sex position
Thousands of teenage girls enduring debilitating illnesses after routine school cancer vaccination
Migrants in Kos: Photos show real tragedy after Brits abroad complain of 'awkward' holidays
British tourists complain that impoverished boat migrants are making holidays 'awkward' in Kos
Michael Gove determined to scrap the Human Rights Act – even if Scotland retains it
Threat to scrap Human Rights Act could see UK follow Nazi example, warns UN official
Church of England 'one generation away from extinction' after dramatic loss of followers
£35000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company is a solutions / s...
£18000 - £45000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Sales Executive is required t...
£35000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you inspired to bring new a...
£14000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...