CASES of illegal gambling on horse-racing have been drastically cut since the racing sections in newspapers bought by prisoners were removed, the High Court heard yesterday. Two senior Correctional Service Department (CSD) officers yesterday provided Mr Justice Sears with reasons why racing sections were being removed. Between May 1, 1994, and October 30, 1994, 14 prisoners had been caught gambling on horses in prisons other than Stanley. In the corresponding period this year, after the removal of the racing sections, only two inmates had been caught gambling on horses, except at Stanley where the numbers had increased. Mr Justice Sears had demanded an explanation from senior CSD officers for the censoring of the newspapers. He is considering a legal action brought by prisoner Chim Shing-chung, who claims the confiscation of racing sections is unlawful. Chan Kong-sang, a senior superintendent based at CSD Headquarters, said the racing sections are removed because they contain the most detailed information. Mr Justice Sears will give his judgment tomorrow.