Ireland says no to mobile phone ban for jockeys
By maddy
While Britain may have restricted the use of mobile phones to jockeys during race meetings, the Irish Turf Club has decided not to follow suit.

Commenting on the move, Turf Club Senior steward Ray Rooney said, “We have decided against the banning of such phones as we are not aware of any instances where the phones have been used to compromise the integrity of racing”.

The Turf club also added that if they come across evidence of any mobile phone misuse, they would consider introducing a ban.

Recently Britain’s Jockey Club found themselves in a predicament when it was clearly stated in court that mobile phones were being misused for betting and other wrong purposes.

The Turf Club would however follow suit with the Jockey Club by entering into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with betting exchanges. According to the MoU operators would provide information to the turf club “on request if they feel that the integrity of racing has been compromised”.

Rooney explained that the level of betting transacted on Irish racing on the betting exchanges is small compared to Britain and are the Irish Turf club is looking forward to seeing the progress of the new system.

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