Horseracing

Jockey gets 10-year ban for corruption

Image: Eddie Ahern (© Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
Eddie Ahern, 35, has ridden more than 1,000 winners in Britain.
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LONDON (AP)

The British Horseracing Authority has been banned Irish jockey Eddie Ahern for 10 years for violating corruption rules.

The 35-year-old Ahern was found guilty of conspiring to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice in relation to bets placed on five horses between September 2010 and February 2011. Ahern was also found to have intentionally failed to ensure that Judgethemoment was ridden on its merits at Lingfield in January 2011, and of passing inside information for reward.

Ahern, who has ridden more than 1,000 winners in Britain, plans to appeal against the panel's findings and the severity of the suspension. Racehorse owner Neil Clement, a former West Bromwich Albion footballer, was also banned for 15 years, 3 months following charges linked to the same races in which Ahern was racing.

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