Taken from an article in Australia we need to make this move.
Stewards across the country want to amend the rules to stop riders’ agents from having an interest in or facilitating a bet on races a rider they manage has a ride in.
Jockey managers around the country were informed of stewards’ intentions on Monday.
“The Chairman of Stewards Committee (COSC) has recently become aware that a number of riders agents have commenced providing paid tipping services after being issued with a licence by a PRA (Principal Racing Authority),” the release read.
“COSC is concerned about the significant conflicts of interest that will inevitably arise where such agents are tipping on races (and likely betting themselves) in which their clients are riding.
“The arrangements which are currently allowed pose an integrity risk to the industry.
“Accordingly, COSC recommends that riders agents are prohibited from betting on, or providing tips in relation to, races in which their clients are engaged to ride.”
There are around 100 riders’ agents across the country and Racenet believes that less than five of them offer a tipping service.
Three jockey agents, Mark Guest, John Scorse and Wayne Harris all work for Sky Racing and tip as part of their role.
The jockeys’ agents have until close of business next Monday to make submissions for or against the proposal and a “group of them” have engaged lawyer Paul O’Sullivan to represent them.
“Importantly there is already a rule in place which is AR175B which prohibits a rider’s agent from laying a horse where their rider is engaged,” O’Sullivan told RSN.
“The note indicates that an integrity risk has been imposed but there’s been no compromise of integrity identified that has occurred in the past so to an extent we’re just looking at shadows at the moment.”
The stewards’ new recommended rule – AR85A (7) reads.
Except with the written permission of the relevant Principal Racing Authority or the Stewards, any riders agent who:
bets, has an interest in a bet, or facilitates a bet; or
provides either directly or indirectly to any person for any direct or indirect financial or other benefit (regardless of whether such benefit materialises) any tip, or any other information or advice that may influence any person to bet,
on any race in which a rider whom the riders agent represents is engaged to ride commits an offence and may be penalised.