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Kevin Ackerman, the chief executive of Towcester racecourse, and the licensed jockeys Michael Stainton and Claire Murray are among five individuals who will appear before the British Horseracing Authority’s disciplinary panel on Wednesday to face charges under the sport’s anti-corruption rules.
Ackerman, Stainton and Murray are alleged to have conspired to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice in relation to racing, along with David Greenwood and Kenneth Mackay. The charges relate to seven races between November 2011 and March 2012 in which the handicapper Ad Vitam, trained at the time by either David Griffiths or Micky Hammond, was a runner, with either Stainton or Murray in the saddle. Greenwood, who is currently disqualified from racing, is the former owner of Ad Vitam.
The hearing into the charges is expected to last for six days but the BHA’s decision to put the case before its disciplinary committee was strongly criticised on Tuesday by Stewart-Moore Solicitors Ltd, who will represent both Greenwood and Ackerman.
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