A former policeman yesterday denied offering bribes to four apprentice jockeys to fix races. Ng Siu-chau, 33, had promised to pay $1 million to be shared between Simon Yim Hin-keung, Alex Yu Kin-shing, Chung Chim-ki and Vickie Choi Chun-wai if they finished in the right order, Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions William Lam Kui-po told the District Court. It was alleged Ng had intended to bet $500,000 on each of three races and had promised to share the profits with the jockeys if they agreed to take part. The businessman pleaded not guilty to seven charges of offering an advantage in May 1996. Deputy Judge Peter Line was told Ng had arranged to meet the four jockeys and his friend, Chan Hung-yip, at a house in Windsor Park, Sha Tin, three times in May last year. Mr Lam said that during those meetings, Ng had asked the riders to manoeuvre their horses in three races so they would finish in a designated order. During one meeting, he offered to pay them $1 million for rigging the races, the court heard. The three races were the 505 at Sha Tin on May 19; the 519 at Happy Valley on May 29; and 527 at Sha Tin on June 1. But Mr Lam said no definite agreement was reached and no fixing took place because some of the jockeys were not willing to take part, or there were technical problems with other riders. Ng also denied a charge of failing to give Independent Commission Against Corruption officers details of his bank account. Deputy Judge Line adjourned the case after hearing from barrister Graeme Hagon that the defence was not ready to proceed. The trial continues today.