Geoff Banks must wait for ruling over Speculative Bid claim from BHA

• Bookmaker’s advocacy skills praised by Oxford county court judge
• Case arises from botched stewards’ inquiry at Ascot in July

If Geoff Banks gains nothing else from his claim against racing’s ruling body, he at least won unexpected praise from the presiding judge. The bookmaker will probably have to wait until the new year, however, to find out whether he is allowed to proceed with his action for money lost due to the botched stewards’ inquiry involving Speculative Bid at Ascot in July.

Banks is representing himself in his claim for £250, which he describes as a trifling sum but worth pursuing in order to establish that the British Horseracing Authority owes a duty of care to those who bet and take bets on horse racing. Those who know Banks from his flamboyant and opinionated turns on Channel 4 Racing may have been surprised to see him visibly suffering from nerves as he stood in court and argued that an expensive QC representing the BHA had got the law wrong and that such a duty does indeed exist.

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