Britain: Questions Raised About Betting Integrity After Phone Call Revealed Between Trainer And Bet-Taker

In a column for The Guardian this week, writer Greg Wood questioned the purity of British betting markets after a transcript between a trainer and a Ladbrokes worker was released as part of a hearing.

Trainer David Evans was recently handed a fine of £3,140 by an independent disciplinary panel of the British Horseracing Authority for interfering with the integrity of a race. Evans himself described the fine as “very lenient,” which Wood pointed out isn’t exactly a good look for the BHA. A hearing before the panel revealed a transcript of Evans’ conversation with a bookie indicating he was given 4-1 odds on one of his horses in a 2015 race at Wolverhampton, while the horse was publicly offered at 7-2. Evans was also heard telling Ladbrokes one of his other horses in the race would not be running about an hour before he withdrew the horse. Ladbrokes lowered that horse’s odds from 7-2 to 3-1 publicly, increasing the company’s allowable deduction from winning bets on the race placed before the horse scratched.

Wood writes that this leaves the betting public in Britain to wonder how common interactions like this one between Evans and a bookmaker (who seemed to have a prior relationship, according to Wood) really are.

“The transcript was fascinating, not least because of its novelty value – details of a conversation like this rarely find their way into the public domain,” wrote Wood. “But is that because relationships like this one between a trainer and a bookmaker are a vanishingly rare occurrence in the first place? Or because, 99 percent of the time, it is in the interests of both sides to keep schtum?”

Read more at The Guardian

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