David Evans has been fined a total of £3,140 following a disciplinary panel hearing related to the trainer betting on one of his own horses.
Evans was found to have engaged in “conduct prejudicial to the integrity, proper conduct and/or good reputation of horseracing in Great Britain” after he placed a large bet on Black Dave to win at Wolverhampton in January 2015, prior to the withdrawal of his stablemate Tango Sky.
The maximum penalty for the offence is a three-year disqualification, but the trainer was fined #3,000, with this being his first offence, and a further #140 for not immediately declaring a non-runner.
The disciplinary panel heard that Evans was intent upon “nicking a bit of extra value” when placing a bet with Ladbrokes on one of his two declared runners without disclosing that he was about to pull out the other horse, which was then the market leader.
However, he did, immediately after making the bet, tell Ladbrokes that he was going to withdraw Tango Sky, and their trader was content to confirm his bet.
The panel heard that while there is “no indication that other gamblers, unaware of the impending withdrawal of Tango Sky on a vet’s certificate, actually incurred any loss from the existence of a market priced on that basis that Tango Sky would run, the sport has a fundamental interest in honest and accurate betting markets and Evans’ failure to notify a withdrawal promptly was a base cause of a false position existing for an hour or so on the morning of the race”.
Black Dave, who was sent off a 6-4 favourite, was beaten into fourth place.