Panorama Programme Spineless?
By Linda
Last week’s Panorama programme over the Jockey Club’s ability to police racing has provoked a mixed reaction.

Richard Caborn, Minster for Sport issued a statement in support of the Jockey Club and their ability to regulate racing but Labour MP Alan Meale is calling for tougher action.

The programme – ‘The Corruption of Racing’ – indicated the Jockey Club had struggled to deal with alleged links between the worlds of racing and organised crime in recent years.

Roger Buffham, former head of security at the Jockey Club, alleged that corruption is widespread in racing and that the governing body is failing to do anything to combat the problem.

However, Caborn gave the Jockey Club his `full support’ but admitted that he hopes to meet with them in the future to discuss the issue.

But his Labour colleague Meale, the Government’s chief adviser on the sport, believes the allegations made on Panorama should be investigated by the police.

And Meale is calling for the Jockey Club to hand over its role of policing the sport to the British Horseracing Board.

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