Some English Racing Swindles: How "Reporter" Used the Papers for an Imaginary Meeting at "Trodmore", Daily Racing Form, 1907-09-20


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SOME ENGLISH RACING SWINDLES. How "Reporter" Used the Papers for an Imaginary Meeting at "Trodmore." The sum of money in the possession of the bookmakers in the United Kingdom Is, In the aggregate, a huge one, says London Tit Bits. The layers of odds are naturally extremely cute and fully conversant with the thousand and one schemes formulated by equally astute hackers of horses to swindle, them. Among the latter class are thousands of cunning adventurers who subsist entirely on their wits, and as these gentry delight to live in the lap of luxury and squander money like water when they have It they are constantly arranging new and deep-laid plots when "hard up" to deplete the banking accounts of the bookmakers. An Ingenious scheme was successfully carried through in England a few years ago which for absolute daring is unparalleled in the history of racing. The leading sporting papers one day received a properly arranged program of a race meeting which was to lake place at a town called "Trodmore." The sender of the list of horses engaged, the weights they had to carry, and the times at which the different events were run signed his name and added "Reporter." The races were duly run and the obliging "Reporter" sent in another interesting item to the sporting dailies. Nothing was niissiug. everything was In apple pie order; evidently the reporier knew his business thoroughly. The "hard working" and "conscientious" journalist had carefully collected the starting price of the winners and losers, and his account of the days racing duly appeared In the papers he sent It to. Tills was eagerly perused with the greatest interest by a large number of bookmakers In London, and they fbund to their sorrow that nearly all the winners had been backed for big sums by many of their numerous clients, Who were evidently expert judges of racing or extraordinarily lucky. .As the horses hud started at long odds against they lost heavily. A lot of those who had been severely hit discussed Hie matter with their confreres. "Where was Trodmore, the place where the lucky backers had found so many good winners?" "lias any one heard of these horses or jockeys before?" No. No one had. now they came to think about it. Many of the bookmakers had been connected with racing for nearly half a century. Detectives were engaged, and they unearthed one or the most gigantic swindles on record. It " was discovered that there was no such place in Englaifd as "Trodmore;" there never had been such a meeting; there were no such horses or jockeys In existence as those mentioned In the program, am the "Reporter" jveli, "his days work was done," and lie vanished like a dream. He has never even sent in his bill to the papers for his Interesting contributions. The whole thing was one of the most irapudant and cleverly organized "spoofs" on record. A lot of the money In "tenners"- aud "livers" was obligingly put out for the gang by innocent waiters and hotel and theater doorkeepers In the west end, and the daring swindlers have never been traced. They vanished with their winnings. Some nclng sharps successfully robbed the bookmakers of "a large; sum of money at Warwick some years ago by the following ingenious method: In Tattersalls ring bookmakers are bound by the rules to pay over the horse that actually "gets" the race, so that in the event of an objection, and the runnen which has passed the judge first being disqualified, they pay only over the one tu which the stewards after due investigation, award the race, hi the half-crown rings and outside the rings tile hook lea pay "first past the post" irrespective or objection. A crack Jockey was properly and correctly weighed out by the official clerk of the scales for u certain race at Warwick on the occasion mentioned, and the horse he rode wUs heavily and systematically backed with bookies who pay "first past the post." The animal Avon easily. When his Jockey went to scale, after the race, he failed to draw within fourteen pounds of what he should have done. Ills saddle cloth was immediately examined and it was discovered that it had been tampered with by some one after the jockey had been weighed out and. several ot the lead weights removed. The "winner" was promptly disqualified and the race awarded to the one which had finished second. The gang reaped a rich harvest. The jockey was, however, after due inquiry exonerated by the authorities from any blame in the matter, as his integrity was beyond dispute. Several "turfites" got into serious trouble over tills affair, but the veal delinquents were never discovered.

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