12-year ban for jockey

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HAWICK jockey Greg Fairely has been banned from racing for 12 years for his part in a betting scam.

The flat jockey, who quit riding earlier this year, has been handed the heaviest punishment out of four riders investigated by the British Horseracing Authority. The jockeys were found to have been involved in a betting ring masterminded by two owners, Maurice Sines and James Crickmore, from charges relating to ten races between January 17-August 15, 2009. Fairley was one of two riders found guilty of deliberately ensuring horses did not run on their merits.

Prior to his fall from grace he had made a name riding winners for Middleham-based Scottish trainer Mark Johnston.

Fairley was found in breach of the old Rule 201 (v) and Rule 243, and of former Rule 157.

BHA director Paul Scotney said: “The investigation uncovered a network through which Sines and Crickmore engaged in betting activity, in particular with Paul Doe and Greg Fairley, that impacted on seven of ten races.”