It was all bets off!

A GAMBLER who threatened to kill 2008 St Leger winner Conduit unless the racehorse was withdrawn from a race - has been given a suspended jail sentence.

A GAMBLER who threatened to kill 2008 St Leger winner Conduit unless the racehorse was withdrawn from a race - has been given a suspended jail sentence.

A British court heard on Monday that Andrew Rodgerson warned a racing stud manager not to run Conduit in a Group One race at Ascot after he forgot to place an accumulator bet on behalf of a syndicate.

A victory for Conduit would have led to the syndicate expecting winnings of £50000 (R585000) and Rodgerson panicked - and sent a series of threatening text messages and e-mails to the manager of the Ballymacoll Stud Farm in Ireland.

Rodgerson was sentenced to 34 weeks in jail, suspended for two years, after he pleaded guilty. - Sapa

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