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Judge offers jockey luck on title
Seb Sanders
Seb Sanders is in the running for champion jockey title
The judge in the Old Bailey race-fixing trial wished Seb Sanders luck in his battle for the champion jockey title.

After appearing in court as a witness, Mr Sanders was told by Mr Justice Forbes: "I wish you every possible success in the championship this year."

But Mr Sanders drew a blank at Brighton and his arch-rival Jamie Spencer drew level with four wins at Wolverhampton.

Six men, including Mr Lynch and top jockey Kieren Fallon, deny conspiracy to defraud betting exchange Betfair.

Under cross examination by John Kelsey-Fry, QC, for Mr Fallon, Mr Sanders confirmed he had ridden 171 winners this year and was four ahead of Mr Spencer.

Earlier Mr Sanders testified about getting a lift with Mr Fallon and fellow jockey Darryll Holland from Leicester racecourse to the airport by professional gambler Miles Rodgers, who is one of the accused.

Court sketch

Mr Rodgers was allegedly at the head of a conspiracy to make money by laying bets on 27 horses which were to be deliberately stopped by their jockeys if they stood a chance of winning.

'Thought nothing of it'

But Mr Sanders told the court he was never introduced to Mr Rodgers or the other man in the car during the 10-minute ride.

"None of us spoke. As far as I was concerned, it was just a lift to the air-strip and that was the end of it," he said.

"I have taken lifts like this before and thought nothing of it other than it was an enthusiastic racegoer," he added.

Mr Fallon, 42, formerly of Newmarket, Cambridgeshire, but now of Tipperary, Ireland, Fergal Lynch, 29, of Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire, and Darren Williams, 29, of Leyburn, North Yorkshire, deny being involved in a conspiracy between December 2002 and August 2004.

Shaun Lynch, 38, of Belfast, Miles Rodgers, 38, of Silkstone, South Yorkshire, and Philip Sherkle, 42, of Tamworth, Staffordshire, also plead not guilty.

Mr Rodgers also denies concealing the proceeds of crime.

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