Jockey faces official enquiry
12:36pm Wednesday 30th January 2013 in Sport
Champion local jockey John Mathias is to face an official enquiry in relation to an investigation into betting.
Mathias will go before the Disciplinary Panel of the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) on Thursday, February 21st.
The authority will then consider whether or not the former licensed jockey, who is a registered assistant trainer to David Rees, is in breach of Rule (D) 54 (Betting: Amateur rider bets, lays or accepts the proceeds etc).
The champion point-topoint jockey is facing an allegation that he is in breach of the Rules of Racing in that he placed a bet on a horse, with a betting organisation, which he was riding.
The back bets in question are: 1. 7th March 2011 Ffos Las 16:00 Comehomequietly.
2. 21st February 2012 Taunton 14:30 Changing Lanes.
3. 28th March 2012 Ludlow 16:50 Postmaster.
4. 30th May 2012 Newton Abbott 16:30 Superman De La Rue.
In each of the above cases it is said that Mathias was the rider of the horse, except for the instance of Postmaster, where Mathias rode the horse Pathian Prince, and pulled up.
The bets and circumstances surrounding how they were made will be deliberated by the panel.
Anyone found guilty of breaching such a rule could face a ban ranging from anything from three months to ten years.