Carroll ‘massively disappointed’ by £200,000 fraud trial collapse

first_img Since you’re here… Hide Read more Horse racing Hamer faced 23 charges of fraud relating to sums totalling £200,000 and faced years in prison if found guilty. Carroll said there was no legitimate explanation for money relating to his business having passed through Hamer’s own bank accounts. However, the defence team said forensic accounting evidence showed the Hamer accounts had been used for the benefit of Carroll’s business.Carroll’s statement added of the legal proceedings: “I contacted the British Horseracing Authority at an early stage and have been completely open with them. I hope justice will eventually be done.”The case collapsed on Tuesday as a result of the prosecution’s failure to make proper, timely disclosure of relevant material to the defence. After the issue of disclosure had been raised a number of times during the trial, the judge eventually called a halt to proceedings.Meanwhile, the businessman Alex Frost has spoken about his hopes for the future of the Tote, in which his Alizeti consortium has bought a 25% stake with a guaranteed option to buy the entire business in three to five years.Asked if he would be exercising that option, Frost said: “That’s very much our aim. But I think what we don’t want to do is go in with both feet. We want to learn about the business alongside some people we respect enormously in the Betfred organisation, they’ve been doing this for a lot longer than we have.” Frost declined to name his investors but has identified them as “racehorse owners who care deeply about the future of the sport”, owning more than 1,000 horses combined. He said those involved were not interested in a quick profit but were committed to a long-term investment with the aim that it should benefit racing. Support The Guardian Reuse this content Frost reports he has had positive discussions with the new firm Britbet which will take over on-course pool betting at many tracks in July and believes the two can find a way to work together. “We believe in one pool. I don’t think there’s too many people in the world who suggest that split pools are a good idea. Two cost bases versus one, it doesn’t make much sense, frankly.”Asked how he plans to revive the Tote’s fortunes, Frost said: “I think liquidity is everything in betting now. It’s not as though the pool is new to the UK consumer. Every year, you’ve got millions of people going racing. They’re well aware of what the Tote represents and stands for. It’s just that it hasn’t been a rewarding experience. The placepot and the jackpot are massive, massive marquee brands but nobody’s going to bet on a placepot if the pool is £20,000.” … we have a small favour to ask. 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The veteran trainer issued a categorical denial of “any suggestion that I directed the defendant’s activity”, which was the contention put forward by James Hamer’s defence team during the trial at Hereford crown court.Carroll was responding to a report on the subject in Wednesday’s Guardian. Repeated efforts had been made to obtain comment from him for that story. His statement was issued on Thursday evening by the National Trainers’ Federation. Fraud trial collapses over disclosure of BHA evidence Share on Twitter Topics Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Show The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coveragelast_img

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