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Monday, June 12, 2006



BOOKMAKER OWEN CHURCHILL AND JOCKEYS DEAN WILLIAMS AND BRIAN REILLY CHARGED IN CONNECTION WITH TEN RACES




Following a Security Department investigation, bookmaker Owen Churchill and licensed jockeys, Brian Reilly and Dean Williams, have been informed that they face various charges in relation to the running of 10 horses in races that took place between December 2004 and February 2005.


The relevant races (and riders) are:

KNEAD THE DOUGH, ridden by - Dean Williams - Southwell 21st December 2004

EVER CHEERFUL - Dean Williams - Lingfield 30th December 2004

SOVIET SCEPTRE (IRE), ridden by - Dean Williams - Lingfield 15th January 2005

SHIFTY NIGHT (IRE) - Brian Reilly - Southwell 18th January 2005

THREE SHIPS - Brian Reilly - Wolverhampton 21st January 2005

AMANDA'S LAD (IRE) - Brian Reilly - Southwell 25th January 2005

MARON - Dean Williams - Wolverhampton 7th February 2005

PIROUETTES (IRE) - Brian Reilly - Wolverhampton 7th February 2005

FIZZY LADY - Brian Reilly - Wolverhampton 11th February 2005

CILS - Brian Reilly - Wolverhampton 11th February 2005

The Disciplinary Panel enquiry will seek to establish whether or not, in relation to each of the above races, Owen Churchill acted in breach of:

* Rule 201(v) of the Orders and Rules of Racing, by committing a corrupt or fraudulent practice in relation to racing in Great Britain by laying the horses to lose, having received information that was not publicly available or not otherwise provided for in Appendix N to the Orders and Rules of Racing; and/or

* Rule 220(ix), by causing Brian Reilly and Dean Williams, licensed jockeys, to act in breach Rule 243 by communicating to Owen Churchill, for a material reward, gift, favour or benefit in kind, information about the horses which was not publicly available and was not provided for in Appendix N of these Orders and Rules.


Additionally, Churchill has been charged with a breach of:

* Rule 220(viii), by deliberately misleading or, by an overt act, endeavouring to mislead a Jockey Club Investigating Officer by providing inaccurate and incomplete answers in the course of an interview conducted on 7 June 2005; and

* Rule 241(i)(b) by subsequently refusing or otherwise failing to comply with requests to meet with Investigating Officers or to provide to them information relevant to the investigation into his laying of all ten horses.


The Disciplinary Panel Enquiry will also seek to establish, in respect of each of their respective rides above, whether or not Brian Reilly and Dean Williams are in breach of:

* Rule 243, by communicating directly or indirectly to Owen Churchill for material reward, gift, favour or benefit in kind, information about the horses that was not publicly available or not otherwise provided for in Appendix N to the Orders and Rules of Racing; and/or

* Rule 220(i), by aiding or abetting the commission, by Owen Churchill, of a breach of Rule 201(v) of the Rules (namely the commission by Churchill of a corrupt or fraudulent practice in relation to racing by laying the horses to lose having received information that was not publicly available or not otherwise provided for in Appendix N to the Rules) by providing such information to Churchill, either knowing that such information would be used for such purpose by Churchill or being reckless as to the purpose for which such information would be used by Churchill or otherwise.


Additionally, both Reilly and Williams have been charged with a breach of:

* Rule 220(viii), by misleading or, by an overt act, endeavouring to mislead a Jockey Club Investigating Officer by providing inaccurate and incomplete answers in the course of the investigations into the running and riding of the horses, and into the communications between themselves and Mr Churchill that occurred on or prior to those dates in relation to those horses.


In addition to these charges, the Disciplinary Panel will also consider whether:

* In relation to his rides on SHIFTY NIGHT (IRE), THREE SHIPS and PIROUETTES, Brian Reilly acted in breach of either Rule 157 or 158 by failing, either with or without intention thereof, to ensure that these horses ran on their merits; and

* In relation to his ride on EVER CHEERFUL, Dean Williams acted in breach of either Rule 157 or 158 by failing, either with or without intention thereof, to ensure that this horse was run on its merits.


A Directions Hearing is due to be held at Shaftesbury Avenue on Thursday 29th June, at which time it is hoped a date will be set for the substantive enquiry.




TWEENHILLS SPONSOR WARWICKSHIRE OAKS




Tweenhills Farm & Stud is delighted to announce that it will sponsor the Listed £28,000 Warwickshire Oaks over 1m 3f at Warwick Racecourse on Monday, June 19.


The race was last run in 2002 when it was won by the highly regarded Maimana, owned by Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum and trained by Michael Jarvis. Then a conditions race, it has been reinstated and upgraded to Listed status.

Tweenhills Stud Manager, David Redvers, said: "We have sponsored this race in recognition of all the hard work undertaken by the team at Tweenhills this busy breeding season.

"An evening at the races for everyone is just a small token of our appreciation for their high level of commitment and enthusiasm.


"In this our 10th season, we have finally achieved two long held ambitions; breeding a Royal Ascot two-year-old winner in Flashy Wings, and standing proper stallions that suit the needs of every commercial breeder - an achievement that could not have been made without our experienced team."

Huw Williams, Warwick Racecourse's Managing Director, added: "We are delighted at Warwick Racecourse that Tweenhills Stud has chosen to sponsor the first running of the Warwickshire Oaks as a Listed Race.

"It seems most appropriate that such a successful and progressive stud should be connected with a very exciting addition to our Flat racing programme."

For more information on Tweenhills visit www.tweenhills.com


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