Jung Ki Yong, currently third in the 2011 Jockey Championship, has become the latest jockey to fall foul of Korean racing’s strict integrity laws. The thirty-year old has been suspended pending investigation into charges that Jung inappropriately passed on information about horses.
Jung gained his license in 2001 and has ridden 231 winners from 1678 rides. This year was set to be his most successful yet with 48 wins already, behind only Cho Kyoung Ho and Moon Se Young at the top of the standings.
Korea has very strict rules about jockeys commenting on horses and anything suspicious is jumped on severely. For regulatory purposes, it is considered vital that all punters have equal access to information, be it on workouts, vet’s visits.
Jockeys Kim Ok Sung and Lee Jung Sun recently returned from lengthy suspensions – six months for Kim and nine for Lee – after being found guilty of similar offences to those Jung is being investigated for.
There is no suggestion of any race-fixing having taken place. In such cases where there is, the police are immediately involved and the suspect’s name is not released. Jung’s case will be dealt with under the rules of racing.