Former champion jockey Kieren Fallon has been cleared of race-fixing — alongside two fellow jockeys and three other people.

The trial over the conspiracy to defraud Betfair customers, which began on 8 October at the Old Bailey, has ended with Mr Justice Forbes directing the jury to find the six defendants not guilty.

The case against the accused was that they were infringing Jockey Club rule 157 by stopping horses racing on their merits in 27 races between December 2002 and August 2004.

The prosecution said that large sums of money had been laid on the horses after a series of texts and phone calls involving the jockeys Fallon, Fergal Lynch and Darren Williams.

But the flaw in the £10million case was that no one could prove that the jockeys had interfered with their horses’ running.