Drugs scandal rocks racing

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  • Following TV accusations of race fixing, a new drugs scandal is set to increase the damage

    The biggest scandal to hit horseracing has unfolded with allegations of associations between a drugs baron, jockeys and horse doping.

    Graham Bradley, the former leading jump jockey, faces being banned from racing for breaches of the Rules, including an admission that he received payment for information.

    Other sinister links between horseracing and serious crime have been exposed in the biggest drugs investigation ever undertaken in Britain.

    Sixteen people have been convicted and sentenced to a total of 210 years in prison fortheir part in drug operations masterminded by Brian Wright, whose friends in racing include jockeys, bookmakers and owners.

    Wright is currently living in Northern Cyprus where there is no extradition treaty with Britain. He has regularly entertained jockeys, including Bradley, at his luxury London flat and his villa in Spain.

    Dermot Browne, the former jockey and trainer who was warned off for 10 years in 1992, gave statements to the Jockey Club and police admitting he had doped some 20 horses at the request of Brian Wright.

    The Jockey Club is this week assembling a list of the names of those believed to have breached the Rules of Racing in what is going to prove the most damaging unraveling of events in the history of the sport.

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