Mercer faces Jockey Club charge

Racehorse owner Darren Mercer faces the disciplinary panel of the Jockey Club tomorrow charged with laying his own horse, Joss Naylor, to lose on a betting exchange.

Racehorse owner Darren Mercer faces the disciplinary panel of the Jockey Club tomorrow charged with laying his own horse, Joss Naylor, to lose on a betting exchange.

The hearing is in relation to possible breaches of Rule 247, which stipulates that it is an offence for an owner, trainer or a member of stable staff to lay their own horses to lose.

It is alleged that he laid Joss Naylor to lose with Betfair in the run-up to the Welsh National at Chepstow on December 27.

The disciplinary panel will also be asked to consider whether Mercer laid the Jonjo O’Neill-trained nine-year-old when he would have been aware that it was no longer running in the race.

The inquiry, which is scheduled to get under way at 10am, follows an investigation by the Jockey Club’s security department.

Since September 1, it has been an offence for owners, trainers or stable staff to lay their own horses to lose.

The recommended penalty for a breach of Rule 247 by an owner is a period of disqualification from British racing ranging from three months to 10 years, depending on the nature and gravity of the offence.

The one previous breach resulted in Miles Rodgers, former director of Platinum Racing Ltd, being disqualified for two years.

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