Former champion jockey Kieren Fallon and a Staffordshire man were among 11 people who appeared in court yesterday to answer charges relating to an alleged betting conspiracy.
Fallon, the six-times champion jockey charged with conspiracy to defraud, was alongside fellow jockeys and co-defendants Fergal Lynch and Darren Williams for his first appearance at City of London Magistrates' Court.
Fallon, who was banned from riding in Britain by the Horseracing Regulatory Authority (HRA) after being charged, spoke only to give his name, age and address at yesterday's hearing.
Also among the accused was Philip Sherkle, from Tamworth, Staffordshire, who faces a charge of conspiracy to defraud.
The case was sent to Southwark Crown Court at a date to be set. All the defend-ants were released on unconditional bail.
The charges follow a City of London Police investigation, codenamed Operation Crypton, which has hung over racing for more than two years. Fallon was one of 28 people who answered bail at Bishopsgate police station in the City of London earlier this month.
The police inquiry looked at more than 80 races with over 130 officers working on the case.