Peel-Paragon Court Case: British Postoffice Authorities Seeking Light on Turf Scandal, Daily Racing Form, 1922-03-01


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PEEL-PARAGON COURT CASE British Postoffice Authorities Seeking Light on Turf Scandal. SPECIAL CAELEGBAM.l LONDON. England. February 2S. — Tin- Peel-Paragon case has come into the courts. Two hearings have been had at Bow Street. The case centers round the Duke of York Stakes race, run at Kempton Park Saturday. October : . and won by Paragon, with Abbots Trace seesaw] and Winter King third. Paragons starting price was 100 to 8. It is stated that, in connection with this race, bets were made in the names of Capt. Oweu Pee] and Mrs. ."eel. to whom 7.r M was paid by various bookmaker-. Forty-live telegrams are said to have been sent from a postoffice in the Midlands backing Paragon for various amounts. Shortly afterward the Iwmlt sish *l s were informed that instructions had been given that all the money paid out was to be returned and every penny was paid back. Some of the bookmakers were roan-liiunicated with by the representative of a private detective agency and ether* by a relative of the backer. The reason given for ihis course of action is said to have been that as there had been sense delay in transmission the fairest thing to do would be to return the money. The |Kistoffice authorities are prosecuting Capt. Owen Peel and his wife, who tin telegrams. It is claimed by the postoffice authorities that Mrs. Peel reeeived the result of the race immediately, sent the betting telegrams seme twenty minutes late and timed them ahead of the starting time of the race. The Peels are aristocrats. Mrs. Peel is a daughter to Sir Robert .lardine. a high-elass turfman. who is extremely rich and of the great China linn of Matlicson. .la I dine and Co. Capt. Peel is a sou of Mayor and Mrs. Hugh Peel, great Welsh land proprietor* and owners of the great steeplechaser Poethlyn. Which won two Gland Nationals. Capt. Peel was a gallant soldier in the Fifth Dragoon Guards during the Great War.

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