Fairley could face lengthy ban

HAWICK jockey Greg Fairley is one of four jockeys facing race-fixing charges by the British Horse Racing Authority (BHA).

The charges focus on horses being laid to lose on betting exchanges in 10 races that took place between January 17, 2009 and August 15, 2009.

A total of 13 individuals, including a trainer, licenced and unlicensed owners, all face a three-year ban if found guilty of “corrupt or fraudulent practice”, six months if they have breached betting and inside information rules, or three years if guilty of passing information for reward.

However, the toughest penalty for the 23-year-old Borderer would be for “deliberately not riding a horse to obtain the best possible placing for personal reward or knowing it has been laid to lose”, which could lead to a ban of between five and 25 years.

A 10-day independent disciplinary panel hearing has been set for October 20.