The Hong Kong Jockey Club yesterday formally suspended jockeys Robbie Fradd and John Egan until March 8, pending further details, after the pair were detained for questioning by the Independent Commission Against Corruption on Wednesday night. Three of the four Club employees arrested in the ICAC probe into illegal bookmaking and race-fixing have also been suspended from their duties until further notice, while the fourth has left the Club's employment. The Jockey Club denied a newspaper report that a third trackwork rider had been arrested. The jockeys were suspended under a general rule which gives the stewards the power to take any action within the context of Hong Kong racing, including suspension of licences, as and when they see fit. Although a jockey is usually permitted to ride trackwork while suspended, that is not the case with Fradd and Egan, who will not be able to ride work or races, but will not be restricted in any other way. The suspension of Egan is in addition to the Irishman's current suspension. Jockey Club chief executive Lawrence Wong released the decision of the full board of stewards yesterday in a press statement: 'The Club has always co-operated with law enforcement agencies to maintain the integrity of Hong Kong racing. This is an ongoing investigation and there have not been any charges yet. 'It is clearly not appropriate for us to comment on this specific case but we can assure you that the Jockey Club takes very seriously its responsibility to protect the interests of the racing public and the many good and honest people associated with our sport. 'We have always emphasised to our employees and those connected with racing not to be associated with activities that bring the good name of racing in Hong Kong into disrepute.' The statement added that the stewards would conduct an inquiry into the matter when the ICAC's investigation was over. In the past, such situations have brought a suspension of the jockeys' riding licences until the completion of the ICAC investigation. However, the Club's executive director of racing, Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, said the one-month period of suspension had been decided for specific reasons. 'They are not charged with anything, but in the public interest they have been suspended. Our thinking is that within a month, everything will be much clearer regarding these allegations,' he said. 'It is our understanding that the riders have been released on bail until the beginning of March, so by the end of the suspension period we should see more details and decide where to go.' Despite the difficulties Fradd must have experienced on Thursday in organising any mounts at all, the South African jockey said yesterday that the suspension would still cost him six rides at Thursday's Chinese New Year Cup meeting. Those rides included the feature race bookings on Jeune King Prawn (Classic Mile) and Sparky (Bauhinia Sprint Trophy), and Grandioso, Electronic Seeker and Smart Horse in lesser races. 'I just have to go with what the Jockey Club thinks is best,' Fradd said of the suspension. 'I just have to sit tight and wait until this is all over. I hope it's going to be over soon.' Fradd's suspension also means he will be unable to ride star galloper Electronic Unicorn in the Hong Kong Gold Cup on February 24. Trainer John Size said last night: 'It is disappointing we won't have our regular jockey for Electronic Unicorn in the Gold Cup, but we haven't made any decisions on who the new rider might be. 'The race is still a couple of weeks away, so we can't even know who might be available to ride him in that race. We have plenty of time yet.' The suspension does not affect Egan's bookings, as he is unable to take rides until April 1. Engelbrecht-Bresges was again at pains to defend Hong Kong racing's level of integrity and to point out that the allegation of race fixing was being used prematurely. 'Race fixing is a very damaging term being thrown around too freely at the moment and an expression which suggests the whole system in Hong Kong racing is rotten. 'It is a term which suggests corruption is much deeper and endemic,' he said. 'Of course, even if just one jockey does not do what is expected and proper under the rules in a race, then we would not tolerate that, but what I am saying is that the allegation of race fixing is the worst possible accusation to be made in any racing jurisdiction. 'It strikes at the very credibility and integrity of our entire team of 5,000 decent, hard-working people,' Engelbrecht-Bresges said.