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04/10/2012 12:00:00
Former British-licensed jockey Andrew Heffernan and eight unlicensed individuals charged with serious breaches of the Rules of Racing
 
 



Following an investigation into suspicious betting activity on a number of races, the British Horseracing Authority has charged nine individuals with serious breaches of the Rules of Racing. The allegations focus on horses being laid to lose on betting exchanges in races that took place between 1st November 2010 and 31st March 2011.

Former licensed jockey Andrew Heffernan (who is currently licensed to ride in Australia) and eight unlicensed individuals (Rocky Michael Chopra, James Coppinger, Paul Garner, Kelly Inglis, Yogesh Joshee, Douglas Shelley, Pravin Shingadia and Mark Wilson) have all been charged with a breach of Rule (A)41.2 of the Rules of Racing in that they conspired with other persons to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice by:

  • In the case of Heffernan, communicating directly or indirectly to one or more Betting Exchange account holders information relating to the prospects in the race of that horse
  • In the case of the unlicensed individuals by placing bets and/or causing one or more other Betting Exchange account holders to to place bets on the horse Andrew Heffernan rode in the race using information they had received directly or indirectly from the Jockey or other licensed person relating to the prospects in the race of the named horse.

Andrew Heffernan is also charged with breaches of:

  • Rule (A)36.1 in that he communicated directly or indirectly to one or more account holders on betting exchanges, for material reward, gift, favour or benefit in kind, information relating to the prospects of his rides, which was or included Inside Information knowing, such information was Inside Information
  • Rule (A)33.4 in that he offered to receive or receive a bribe
  • Rule (B)59.2 in that he intentionally failed to ensure that a horse ridden by him was run on its merits (Wanchai Whisper, Gallantry, and/or Silver Guest).

Of the unlicensed individuals, Rocky Michael Chopra, Paul Garner, Yogesh Joshee, Douglas Shelley and Mark Wilson have also been charged with breaches of Rule (A)33.1.2 in that they offered bribes to Andrew Heffernan.

Kelly Inglis is also charged with a breach of Rule (A)33.4 in that she connived with Andrew Heffernan to offer to receive a bribe or bribes from Rocky Michael Chopra, Paul Garner, Yogesh Joshee, Douglas Shelley and Mark Wilson.

Paul Garner is also charged with a breach of Rule (C)64.2.1 in that he placed lay bets on horses trained by Alan McCabe at a time when he was entered on the Register of Stable Employees at Alan McCabe’s yard.


THE CHARGES

In relation to the running of:

1. WANCHAI WHISPER on 28th January 2011 at 15.25 at Lingfield, and/or
2. GALLANTRY on 2nd February 2011 at 19.20 at Kempton and/or
3. SILVER GUEST on 9th February 2011 at 13.55 at Lingfield.

AND in the period between about 1st November 2010 and 31st March 2011.

AND in respect of the Races identified in the Table in Notes for Editors.


Andrew Heffernan

Did ANDREW HEFFERNAN on, and/or before, the date of the races of WANCHAI WHISPER, GALLANTRY, and/or SILVER GUEST act in breach of Rule (A)41.2 in that he conspired with other persons to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice by communicating directly or indirectly to one or more Betting Exchange account holders information relating to the prospects in the race of that horse which was or included information (i) obtained in his capacity as a licensed person and (ii) which was not publicly available or authorised for such disclosure by the Rules of Racing (‘Inside Information’) specifically that he would take steps or omit to ride the horse so as to prevent the horse from achieving its best possible placing, knowing that (i) and (ii) were the case and knowing that such information would or might be used to gain an unfair advantage in the betting market?

2. Did ANDREW HEFFERNAN on, and/or before, the date of the races of WANCHAI WHISPER, GALLANTRY, and/or SILVER GUEST and/or between 1st November 2010 and 31st March 2011 and/or in relation to the horses named in the appended table act in breach of Rule (A)41.2 in that he conspired with other persons to commit corrupt or fraudulent practice by communicating directly or indirectly to one or more Betting Exchange account holders information relating to the prospects in the race of that horse which was or included information (i) obtained in his capacity as a licensed person and (ii) which was not publicly available or authorised for such disclosure by the Rules of Racing (‘Inside Information’), knowing that (i) and (ii) were the case and knowing that such information would or might be used to gain an unfair advantage in the betting market?

3. In relation to WANCHAI WHISPER, GALLANTRY, SILVER GUEST, and/or the horses named in the appended Table and/or other races unidentified in the period between 1st November 2010 and 31st March 2011, did ANDREW HEFFERNAN on, and/or before, the date of the race act in breach of Rule (A)36.1 in that he communicated directly or indirectly to one or more account holders on betting exchanges, for material reward, gift, favour or benefit in kind, information relating to the prospects of his rides, which was or included Inside Information knowing, such information was Inside Information?

4. In the period between 1st November 2010 and 31st March 2011 did ANDREW HEFFERNAN offer to receive or received a bribe or bribes from ROCKY MICHAEL CHOPRA, MARK WILSON, PAUL GARNER, DOUGLAS SHELLEY, YOGESH JOSHEE, and/or persons unknown in breach of Rule (A)33.4

5. In relation to WANCHAI WHISPER, GALLANTRY, and/or SILVER GUEST, did ANDREW HEFFERNAN act in breach of Rule (B)59.2 by intentionally failing to ensure that the horse was run on its merits?


Rocky Michael Chopra

1. Did ROCKY MICHAEL CHOPRA on, and/or before, the date of the races of WANCHAI WHISPER, GALLANTRY, and/or SILVER GUEST and/or in the period between 1st November 2010 and 31st March 2011 and/or in relation to the horses named in the appended table act in breach of Rule (A)41.2 in that he conspired with other persons to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice by placing bets and/or causing one or more other Betting Exchange account holders to to place bets on the horse ANDREW HEFFERNAN rode in the race using information he had received directly or indirectly from the Jockey or other licensed person relating to the prospects in the race of the named horse which was or included information (i) obtained by the Jockey or other licensed person in their capacity as licensed persons which was (ii) not publicly available or authorised for such disclosure by the Rules of Racing (‘Inside Information’), and knowing that (i) and (ii) were the case, and that such information would provide an unfair advantage in the betting market?

2. In the period between 1st November 2010 and 31st March 2011 did ROCKY MICHAEL CHOPRA offer a bribe to ANDREW HEFFERNAN in breach of Rule (A)33.1.2.


James Coppinger

1. Did JAMES COPPINGER on, and/or before, the date of the races of WANCHAI WHISPER, GALLANTRY, and/or SILVER GUEST and/or in the period between 1st November 2010 and 31st March 2011 and/or in relation to the horses named in the appended table act in breach of Rule (A)41.2 in that he conspired with other persons to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice by placing bets and/or causing one or more other Betting Exchange account holders to place bets on the horse ANDREW HEFFERNAN rode in the race using information he had received directly or indirectly from the Jockey or other licensed person relating to the prospects in the race of the named horse which was or included information (i) obtained by the Jockey or other licensed person in their capacity as licensed persons which was (ii) not publicly available or authorised for such disclosure by the Rules of Racing (‘Inside Information’), and knowing that (i) and (ii) were the case, and that such information would provide an unfair advantage in the betting market?


Paul Garner

1. Did PAUL GARNER on, and/or before, the date of the races of WANCHAI WHISPER, GALLANTRY, and/or SILVER GUEST and/or in the period between 1st November 2010 and 31st March 2011 and/or in relation to the horses named in the appended Table act in breach of Rule (A)41.2 in that he conspired with other persons to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice by placing bets and/or causing one or more other Betting Exchange account holders to place bets on the horse ANDREW HEFFERNAN rode in the race using information he had received directly or indirectly from the Jockey or other licensed person relating to the prospects in the race of the named horse which was or included information (i) obtained by the Jockey or other licensed person in their capacity as licensed persons which was (ii) not publicly available or authorised for such disclosure by the Rules of Racing (‘Inside Information’), and knowing that (i) and (ii) were the case, and that such information would provide an unfair advantage in the betting market?

2. In the period between 1st November 2010 and 31st March 2011, did PAUL GARNER offer a bribe to ANDREW HEFFERNAN in breach of Rule (A)33.1.2

3. In the period 9th January 2011 to 18th February 2011, at a time when he was entered on the Register of Stable Employees at Alan McCabe’s yard did PAUL GARNER act in breach of Rule (C)64.2.1 in that he placed a lay bet on horses that Alan McCabe trained namely:

(i) CITY LEGEND in its race on 10th January 2011 at 14.05 at Wolverhampton and/or
(ii) ELUSIVE WARRIOR in its race on 17th February 2011 at 14.20 at Southwell.


Kelly Inglis

1. Did KELLY INGLIS on, and/or before, the date of the races of WANCHAI WHISPER, GALLANTRY, and/or SILVER GUEST and/or in the period between 1st November 2010 and 31st March 2011 and/or in relation to the horses named in the appended table act in breach of Rule (A)41.2 in that she conspired with other persons to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice by causing one or more other Betting Exchange account holders to place bets on the horse ANDREW HEFFERNAN rode in the race using information she had received directly or indirectly from the Jockey or other licensed person relating to the prospects in the race of the named horse which was or included information (i) obtained by the Jockey or other licensed person in their capacity as licensed persons which was (ii) not publicly available or authorised for such disclosure by the Rules of Racing (‘Inside Information’), and knowing that (i) and (ii) were the case, and that such information would provide an unfair advantage in the betting market?

2. In the period between 1st November 2010 and 31st March 2011, did KELLY INGLIS connive with ANDREW HEFFERNAN to offer to receive or receive a bribe or bribes from ROCKY MICHAEL CHOPRA, MARK WILSON, PAUL GARNER, DOUGLAS SHELLEY, YOGESH JOSHEE, and/or persons unknown in breach of Rule (A)33.4


Yogesh Joshee

1. Did YOGESH JOSHEE on, and/or before, the date of the races of WANCHAI WHISPER, GALLANTRY, and/or SILVER GUEST and/or in the period between 1st November 2010 and 31st March 2011 and/or in relation to the horses named in the appended table act in breach of Rule (A)41.2 in that he conspired with other persons to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice by placing bets and/or causing one or more other Betting Exchange account holders to place bets the horse ANDREW HEFFERNAN rode in the race using information he had received directly or indirectly from the Jockey or other licensed person relating to the prospects in the race of the named horse which was or included information (i) obtained by the Jockey or other licensed person in their capacity as licensed persons which was (ii) not publicly available or authorised for such disclosure by the Rules of Racing (‘Inside Information’), and knowing that (i) and (ii) were the case, and that such information would provide an unfair advantage in the betting market?

2. In the period between 1st November 2010 and 31st March 2011, did YOGESH JOSHEE offer a bribe to ANDREW HEFFERNAN in breach of Rule (A)33.1.2


Douglas Shelley

1. Did DOUGLAS SHELLEY on, and/or before, the date of the races of WANCHAI WHISPER, GALLANTRY, and/or SILVER GUEST and/or in the period between 1st November 2010 and 31st March 2011 and/or in relation to the horses named in the appended table act in breach of Rule (A)41.2 in that he conspired with other persons to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice by placing bets and/or causing one or more other Betting Exchange account holders to place bets the horse ANDREW HEFFERNAN rode in the race using information he had received directly or indirectly from the Jockey or other licensed person relating to the prospects in the race of the named horse which was or included information (i) obtained by the Jockey or other licensed person in their capacity as licensed persons which was (ii) not publicly available or authorised for such disclosure by the Rules of Racing (‘Inside Information’), and knowing that (i) and (ii) were the case, and that such information would provide an unfair advantage in the betting market?

2. In the period between 1st November 2010 and 31st March 2011, did DOUGLAS SHELLEY offer a bribe to ANDREW HEFFERNAN in breach of Rule (A)33.1.2


Pravin Shingadia

1. Did PRAVIN SHINGADIA on, and/or before, the date of the races of WANCHAI WHISPER, GALLANTRY, and/or SILVER GUEST and/or in the period between 1st November 2010 and 31st March 2011 and/or in relation to the horses named in the appended table act in breach of Rule (A)41.2 in that he conspired with other persons to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice by placing bets and/or causing one or more other Betting Exchange account holders to place bets on the horse ANDREW HEFFERNAN rode in the race using information he had received directly or indirectly from the Jockey or other licensed person relating to the prospects in the race of the named horse which was or included information (i) obtained by the Jockey or other licensed person in their capacity as licensed persons which was (ii) not publicly available or authorised for such disclosure by the Rules of Racing (‘Inside Information’), and knowing that (i) and (ii) were the case, and that such information would provide an unfair advantage in the betting market?


Mark Wilson

1. Did MARK WILSON on, and/or before, the date of the races of WANCHAI WHISPER, GALLANTRY, and/or SILVER GUEST and/or in the period between 1st November 2010 and 31st March 2011 and/or in relation to the horses named in the appended table act in breach of Rule (A)41.2 in that he conspired with other persons to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice by placing bets and/or causing one or more other Betting Exchange account holders to place bets on the horse ANDREW HEFFERNAN rode in the race using information he had received directly or indirectly from the Jockey or other licensed person relating to the prospects in the race of the named horse which was or included information (i) obtained by the Jockey or other licensed person in their capacity as licensed persons which was (ii) not publicly available or authorised for such disclosure by the Rules of Racing (‘Inside Information’), and knowing that (i) and (ii) were the case, and that such information would provide an unfair advantage in the betting market?

2. In the period between 1st November 2010 and 31st March 2011, did MARK WILSON offer a bribe to ANDREW HEFFERNAN in breach of Rule (A)33.1.2


Notes to Editors:

1. A comment from Paul Scotney, Director of Integrity Services, Compliance and Licensing, will be issued separately. Please note that it is BHA policy not to comment further on ongoing investigations or pending a Disciplinary Panel hearing.

2. The date of the hearing will be announced in due course.

3. Details of Rules and guideline penalties for the offences in question are as follows:

Rule (A)41.2
A Person who conspires with any other Person for the commission of such a practice shall be taken to have contravened a requirement imposed on him by these Rules.
Entry Point: Disqualify/Exclude 3 years
Range: 6 months - 10 years

Rule (A)36.1
Inside Information is information about the likely participation or likely performance of a horse in a race, which
36.1.1 is known by an Owner, Trainer, Rider, stable employee or any of their service providers as a result of acting as such, and
36.1.2 is not information in the public domain.
A Person must not communicate Inside Information directly or indirectly to any other Person for any material reward, gift, favour or benefit in kind.
Entry Point: Disqualify 3 years
Range: 18 months - 5 years

Rule (A)33
A Person must not give or offer a bribe, or promise a bribe, to a Person who is a Trainer, Rider, agent or other Person having charge of, or access to, a horse must not accept or offer to accept any bribe in any form.
Entry Point: Disqualify 3 years
Range: 3 months - 10 years

Rule (B)59.2
A Rider of a horse shall be taken to have contravened the requirement imposed on him by Rule 58.1 where the Stewards or the Authority consider that the Rider has intentionally failed to ensure that his horse is run on its merits.

a) Deliberately not riding a horse to obtain the best possible placing for personal reward or knowing that it had been layed to lose
Entry Point: Disqualify 8 years
Range: 5 - 25 years

b) Deliberately preventing a horse from winning
Entry Point: 3 years
Range: 1 - 5 years

c) Purposely not riding out a horse that would otherwise have won
Entry Point: 3 years
Range: 1 - 5 years

Rule (C)64.2.1
A Person whose name is or has been entered on the Register of Stable Employee Names must not lay with a Betting Organisation any horse under the care or control of the trainer for whom he is employed to lose a race,
Entry Point: Disqualify 18 months
Range: 3 months - 10 years

4. Table of Races

No.

Date

Course & Time

Race Details

Horse

4.12.10

Southwell 12:20

Toteplacepot Win Without Backing A Winner Maiden Auction Stakes

MUJAPISTE

10.12.10

Southwell 11:20

Toteplacepot Win Without Backing a Winner Selling Stakes

HIGH KICKIN

11.12.10

Southwell 13:10

40 Live Football Markets At Totesport.com Selling Stakes

CROCODILE BAY

28.1.11

Lingfield 15:25

Fred & Ron Gibson Memorial Handicap

WANCHAI WHISPER

2.2.11

Lingfield 16:40

Play Rainbow Riches At Bluesq.com Handicap

JUNGLE BAY

2.2.11

Kempton 19:20

Betdaq Mobile Apps Handicap

GALLANTRY

4.2.11

Wolverhampton 18:30

Stay At The Wolverhampton Holiday Inn Handicap

PETOMIC

9.2.11

Lingfield 13:55

Ashurst Wood Classified Claiming Stakes

SILVER GUEST

8.3.11

Southwell 13:40

Hospitality at Southwell Racecourse Handicap (Div I)

IT’S A MANS WORLD


 

For more information contact:

Robin Mounsey
British Horseracing Authority
t:02071520048
m:07584171551
e: rmounsey@britishhorseracing.com