11 Sep 2014

Crackdown on betting by jockeys

4:42 pm on 11 September 2014

New Zealand's racing authorities have announced a crackdown on betting by jockeys.

David Walker riding Khemosabi to win the Premier Open Race 4 at Riccarton Park, Christchurch in 2013.

David Walker riding Khemosabi to win the Premier Open Race 4 at Riccarton Park, Christchurch in 2013. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The moves comes after the rider David Walker was charged with two counts of betting on one horse and then reining in his own mount during the same race.

A hearing is scheduled for 18 September.

New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing has now announced tough new rules to prevent jockeys from betting on a race if they are riding in any race themselves that day.

Historically, jockeys have been permitted to bet on a race provided they were not competing in it.

The new rules come into effect tomorrow.

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