|As reported by the BBC: Race fixing within Britain's horseracing industry has been exposed by the BBC's undercover investigative series, Kenyon Confronts. |
A number of leading racehorse trainers revealed different ways to cheat, during the team's five month investigation.
Paul Kenyon and his team visited racecourses and stables all over the country looking to buy a horse and see how many trainers would be prepared to cheat in order to make money from gambling.
They found that it is not just the odds that are fixed. “Races are often carved up beforehand… The genuine punters don't stand a chance,” a jockey who cannot be named said.
More than £5 billion is bet on horses each year in the U.K.
Paul Kenyon was assaulted twice while undercover. The Jockey Club warned all trainers to look out for him, but he was finally rumbled after his secret-filming equipment was discovered in an hotel room.
A dozen trainers, including some of the sport's biggest names, all agreed they would deliberately con the racing authorities and the betting public into believing a horse was worse that it actually was.
To cheat they make sure a horse does badly in some races in order to lower the handicap - this means the horse will not carry as many weights as it should do - giving it an unfair advantage.
A former jockey admitted that he had been paid to make sure favourites he was riding lost, and that it was easy to look like you are trying to win on a horse when you are not.
And a bookmaker told the team he had paid jockeys to stop favourites.
The individuals named in the programme have complained about the tactics used to collect the information.
You can watch Kenyon Confronts tonight, Tuesday, on BBC1 or from the BBC website at 9.30 pm.