Kieren Fallon has been released on bail after being questioned by police in an investigation into alleged race-fixing.
He was among 16 people, including jockeys Darren Williams and Fergal Lynch, and trainer Karl Burke arrested earlier today.
I have no details of the investigation and so can’t comment on it. But, in terms of the public’s view of horse racing there can be no turning the clock back. In one way there is a parallel with the increase in positive drugs test results in the Olympics. I believe there are two possible perspectives: one is a shock reaction that sport is increasingly ‘dodgy’ or the opposite point of view that, at last, sport is being cleaned up. Turning back to the specifics, there are again two possibilities – either some or all of the people are innocent or some or all are guilty. One thing is for sure – whichever’s the case – it’s a great shame.