Downcast Arnold resigned to fate

by British Horseracing Authority News Headlines 4 years ago

Owner Stephen Arnold appears resigned to a hefty punishment after being charged with 10 counts of laying his own horses to lose.

Arnold, whose horses run under the moniker, was speaking to At The Races after his On The Cusp (4-1 joint-favourite), trained like the majority of his string by Violet Jordan, won the first division of the Ladbrokes Handicap at Southwell.

He will appear before the disciplinary panel of the British Horseracing Authority on December 5, with the alleged offences involving races which took place between June 2012 and March this year.

“If I go by their idea of laying then I’m guilty, obviously,” said Arnold.

“But at no stage was I aiming to profit from any horse getting beat, all I was trying to do was prevent horses crashing for �4 or �5 on a morning on Betfair until we could get a reasonable bet on a horse with bookmakers.

“I would have never done it if I’d realised that was against the rules. There’s no bigger proof than the fact that when I was being investigated for Brown Pete I still did it another twice afterwards, which I wouldn’t have been stupid enough to do when I knew I was going to have to produce my records.

“I’ll probably get hit fairly hard, but I don’t think the crime is going to be justifying to the punishment really because I’m sure those rules weren’t made to get me for what I did.

“It’s not just me that suffers, obviously we’ve got members of staff in the yard that are going to suffer when things are gone because obviously I’m not going to be able to own horses, Violet is going to suffer hugely, so it’s not just me.

“There’s nothing I can do, it’s out of my hands.”

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