BHA seeks solutions to corruption- 13 Nov 2008 00:00:00
The training process for young British jockeys is facing a possible change for the first time in decades as the British Horseracing Authority aims to curtail the corruption in the sport.
As part of an overall strategy to improve the integrity of the sport, the focus of training of young jockeys is going to shift from ‘from detection to prevention,’ according to BHA director Paul Scotney.
Changes in the training process may include jockeys going through an academy, which is requirement in other countries, such as South Africa. Scotney explained that British training sometimes only lasts a few weeks and then the young jockeys ‘suddenly find themselves out in the world.’
The changes come in the wake of several betting and corruption charges within the British Horseracing circuit, the largest being the case of Dean McKeown and trainer Paul Blockley, along with several others, who were found guilty of corruption and temporarily banned from the sport.
Media sources have reported that BHA officials are expecting Dean McKeown to file an appeal against his four-year ban.
Scotney maintains that the issue of corruption needs to be stymied in the earlier stages, as opposed to sentencing punishment after the crimes have been committed.
‘Most of our energy is now directed towards prevention of corruption rather than investigating it,’ he said.