Read the transcript of explosive call that landed Evans in hot water over bet
Trainer David Evans was this month fined more than £3,000 after a betting-related hearing in which the BHA found him guilty of breaching rule (A)30.1 – conduct prejudicial to the integrity, proper conduct and/or good reputation of horseracing.
Evans backed Black Dave before withdrawing stablemate – and market leader – Tango Sky in a 6f handicap at Wolverhampton in January 2015, but he avoided having his licence suspended and was fined a total of £3,140, including the penalty for not immediately notifying the Racing Calendar office of a non-runner.
The BHA on Wednesday published its notes from the disciplinary panel hearing, including the transcript from the phone conversation in which Evans placed a bet on Black Dave to the tune of £6,000 and discussed his intent to withdraw Tango Sky with a Ladbrokes trader.
The Evans-Ladbrokes transcript in full
Phone call on January 9, 2015: 08:43 – 2 minutes, 4 seconds
JT: Jeremy Thomas, trading
DE: David Evans, trainer
JT: Ladbrokes, Jeremy speaking
DE: Morning Jeremy
JT: You all right?
JT: Good, good
DE: I want a good bet
JT: You want a good bet?
DE: If you can give me it? Yeah
JT: Go on
DE: Yeah, Black Dave
JT: Where is that running today?
DE: Wolverhampton in the first
JT: The first at Wolverhampton. (pause) How much you looking for Dave?
DE: A good bit. Are you in a good mood are ya?
JT: Not really. No
DE: Why? Why? Ain't your money.
DE: You will probably win it anyway
JT: How much you looking for? I can do you a bit of 4-1
DE: I’m looking for six grand
JT: Six grand, okay just two seconds Dave
At this point JT is asking senior trader Tony Milburn if he wants the bet
JT: Six grand at four
JT: That’s on for you Dave, yeah
JT: What’s the message there then? Just....(inaudible)
DE: Can I tell you something?
JT: Oh, you’ve got the other one there haven’t you?
JT: All right okay. Fair enough
DE: Ain't gonna run
JT: It’s not going to go, no?
DE: Right, does that help you out?
JT: It will do, yeah, yeah
JT: What time is that getting pulled out? Can you....
DE: Ooh, I don’t know
DE: Before nine o’clock, you don’t pay the jockey
JT: Oh really
DE: Hey, so that bet is on is it?
JT: So 8.59 that are coming out is it?
DE: No, I don’t know
JT: All right mate, that’s on for you, yes
DE: Thanks Jeremy
JT: Okay, cheers then, thanks Dave
Timeline of events on the raceday
8.35am Black Dave priced at 4-1 with Ladbrokes
8.38am Black Dave is shortened to 7-2
8.43am David Evans places a £6,000 bet on Black Dave with Ladbrokes at improved odds of 4-1 and informs the firm Tango Sky will be a non-runner
8.46am Black Dave is shortened to 100-30
8.47am Tango Sky is shortened to 3-1 (from 7-2), increasing the rule 4 to 25p in a £1
9.02am Black Dave shortens to 11-4 following bets from owners at the yard
9.04am Black Dave shortens to 5-2
9.39am Tango Sky is declared a non-runner and a new market is subsequently formed
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