|Mike Dillon, public relations director for leading British bookmaker Ladbrokes, was the subject of a three-year inquiry by England’s Jockey Club because of his friendly relationship with Michael 'Mick' Kinane, one of the world’s top jockeys.|
Confidential Jockey Club documents detailing the investigation came to light when an English High Court decided last week that the BBC program 'Panorama,' could use the documents, which included surveillance photographs of Dillon and Kinane. The Panorama program, scheduled to air later this month, raises questions about alleged corruption in the UK’s racing industry.
Dillon has yet to be accused of any wrongdoing, but Roger Buffham, former head of security for the Jockey Club, has described Dillon’s relationships within the industry as “inappropriate”.
'There was not an investigation of Dillon,' John Maxse, the Jockey Club’s director of public relations, told Racing Post. 'An investigation suggests that we were looking into malpractice. It is fair to say that Roger Buffham was concerned about [Dillon’s relationships], but he had discussions with the Jockey Club, and it was made clear that, unless there was evidence of malpractice, further inquiries were not warranted.'
The Jockey Club introduced new regulations in 2001 that placed restrictions on associations between jockeys and bookmakers’ representatives at racecourses.