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3 Warned-Off In UK Betting Probe

Wednesday, 28th April 2010

In the UK, “3 of the Italian entourage at the centre of the betting probe surrounding Golden Surprice have each been warned-off for 3 years,” reported racingpost.com. The disqualifications were announced by the British Horseracing Authority “after Niccolo Ruganti, Pierre Carniti & Allessandro Carli were found guilty of fraudulent or corrupt acts” following an inquiry into the defeat of Italian-trained Golden Surprice “when finishing 11th of 12 as 6-5 favourite at Wolverhampton in December 2007”. An investigation “into betting patterns on the race” initially resulted in 8 people (including jockey Oscar Urbina) facing charges; Urbina was exonerated last month, but Carniti (a director of the company that owned Golden Surprice) was found guilty with Ruganti (who accompanied the horse to Wolverhampton) & Carli (whose Betfair account was used for lay bets) of “conspiring together by using inside information that the then 5YO had neither been in training, nor in a racing yard, since landing a gamble at the same track a fortnight earlier”.

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