Wednesday, June 3, 2009

They Take Wagering Integrity Seriously Over There

In the UK, wagering integrity is certainly something that is watched and worked on. If I were planning a betting coup, I would not be wanting to try it across the pond.

..... Information arrives from all sectors of racing, from officers in the field, from courses, from weighing rooms, stables, punters, the public, and from a network of informants. "We run informants in the same way the police run informants, right down to safety and protection where appropriate," Beeby says.

...... Chignell signals an alert "when we know we've got a situation that doesn't look good". In such cases, the stewards routinely interview the connections of whichever horse has prompted the alert. When the unit was at a fledgling stage in 2004, there were around three alerts per week. Now it is around one every three weeks. Slowly and surely, racing is becoming less and less corruptible.

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1 comment:

Scott said...

it's a big deal in the UK. It had been swept under the carpet for decades, then it was all Betfair's fault when the exchange started up and a few non-triers became big news in the industry. Was it new? Not a chance - in the old days though, bookies would profit form it because they caught wind of it and made sure they battened down the hatches. The high-profile scandals in racing and tennis have brought it to light, no longer could it be swept under the carpet. Now sporting bodies and getting serious at stamping it out. Betfair's data-sharing agreements with dozens of sporting bodies around the world gives those bodies the power to weed out the crooks. Betting companies must protect the integrity of the sport, otherwise it ruins it for everyone.