Racing: Police called in over 33-1 winner

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POLICE were called in yesterday to investigate the alleged gambling coup on Jo N Jack, a 33-1 winner at Lingfield last week. But the Jockey Club refused to say why.

Following Jo N Jack's victory the Betting Office Licensees' Association (BOLA) advised its members not to pay out on bets on the horse, trained at Epsom by Roger Ingram. BOLA claimed an pounds 85,000 off-course coup had been landed in Yorkshire and that there had been 'unusual betting patterns'.

Ingram has been cleared by the Jockey Club of any wrong-doing over the running of the horse, but after investigating allegations from BOLA, the Club's spokesman David Pipe said yesterday that, 'information about certain aspects of the affair has been passed to the police'. He added: 'Our security department felt there were matters not directly involved with the race which should be passed on to the police.'

Pipe refused to elaborate on the reasons, but added: 'We are satisfied there has been no breach of the rules of racing surrounding the running of Jo N Jack and are confident that it was the horse it was purported to be, and that it wasn't run by a disqualified person.'

However, a spokesman for Surrey Police, responsible for the Lingfield area, said later that it had heard nothing of the matter. Results of a dope test carried out after the race are expected to be available later this week.

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