Racing was at the centre of another scandal yesterday when Raymond Tsui Kwai-leung, assistant trainer to Alex Wong Yu-on, was suspended for more than four months after being found guilty of improper practice by the Hong Kong Jockey Club stewards. Tsui, a former champion apprentice, admitted providing information about horses from Wong's stable and other yards to a member of the Jockey Club in return for money - a practice forbidden under Rule 151 (6) - and was suspended with immediate effect until July 1. Tsui's 28-year employment with the Club is also set to come under review once the appeal process is exhausted, though it appeared unlikely last night that he would contest the decision. The case is a further embarrassment for the Jockey Club in the wake of race-fixing allegations from the Independent Commission Against Corruption which brought 20 arrests just over a fortnight ago. The probe led to the suspensions of jockeys Robbie Fradd and John Egan, and three Club employees, even though no charges have been brought. One Club employee was also sacked. But Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, the Club's director of racing, said last night that the Tsui case provided evidence of the Club's determination to keep racing clean. 'We want to uphold the integrity of racing and we will deal strongly with anyone found guilty of breaking the rules, which are very strict and very clear that this type of practice is not allowed,' he said. 'The Club takes breaches of the rules very seriously, but no one should exaggerate this case - it has nothing to do with race-fixing.' Chief stipendiary steward John Schreck added: 'Mr Tsui pleaded guilty to a breach of Rule 151 (6). The particulars of the charge were that Mr Tsui, as a licensed assistant trainer, had over recent months provided information regarding horses from the stable of Alex Wong Yu-on and from other stables to a member of the Club in return for monetary considerations.' Rule 151 (6) states: 'A person shall be guilty of a corrupt, fraudulent or improper practice if he being an owner, nominator, licensed person or employee of the Hong Kong Jockey Club by advertisement, circular, letter or other means offers to give information concerning his own or other horses in return for any monetary or other consideration or who connives at such practice.' The Club refused to name the member as his case has been referred to the membership committee. 'It's not that we want to hide anything, but we want him to be able to have a fair hearing,' Engelbrecht-Bresges said. 'He was very frank and forthcoming at the inquiry and now the membership committee will have to decide whether and to what extent he has broken the rules.' Schreck said the stewards had given 'careful consideration' to Tsui's penalty following his guilty plea. 'It is obviously not mandatory to reduce the penalty imposed simply because a guilty plea is submitted, but it is a discretion the stewards would like to exercise whenever possible,' he said. 'A plea of guilty should be looked upon as evidence of contrition and there was clearly regret of Mr Tsui in this case.' Tsui, 45, is in his fourth season as Wong's assistant trainer, having previously spent a season in the same role for Bruce Hutchison and spells as a trainer's assistant to Steven Leung Sik-lun and Tony Cruz. Having enrolled in the Jockey Club's apprentice course in 1974, he rode 201 winners in a 16-season career distinguished only by his champion apprentice title in the 1979-80 season, when he rode 14 winners. Tsui's suspension leaves Wong without an assistant, but the Licensing Committee is likely to meet today to allocate another assistant for the rest of the season.