Jockeys plead not guilty to conspiracy

Oct. 8, 2007 at 4:47 PM

LONDON, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- Three top British horse jockeys are on trial for allegedly taking part in a conspiracy to defraud by intentionally losing races for businessman Miles Rodgers.

Included in the trial is champion jockey Kieren Fallon, who has won six championships, including the prestigious Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in Paris Sunday, the Telegraph reported.

Fallon, Fergal Lynch and Darren Williams have all pleaded not guilty to throwing races between 2002 and 2004.

The jury was told that Rodgers made money by betting on the horses to lose using online betting site Betfair.

"This case concerns a serious allegation of fraud," said prosecuting attorney Jonathan Caplan. "It is unusual because it is also concerned with sport and any allegation of fraud in that context obviously undermines the integrity of the sport in question."

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