Australian jockey Chris Munce was charged yesterday with plotting to accept betting winnings in exchange for racing tips and will appear in court this morning. Munce, 37, who has been in Hong Kong since his arrest on July 3 as part of the Independent Commission Against Corruption's 'Operation Twin Towns', was charged with one count of conspiracy to accept advantages. He was released on ICAC bail to appear in Eastern Court this morning, where his case is expected to be transferred to the District Court. The charge alleges that between December 14 last year and July 3, 'Munce, being an agent, namely a jockey acting for horse trainers, had conspired with other persons for Munce to accept advantages from a businessman, without lawful authority or reasonable excuse'. The alleged advantages involved placing bets on races on behalf of Munce and the monetary dividends from those bets, 'said to be rewards for Munce supplying horse racing tips to the businessman and riding in horse races in a manner consistent with those racing tips'. Munce surrendered his passport shortly after his arrest and applications for its return have been unsuccessful. The jockey's solicitor, John McNamara, had no comment last night. Munce was one of the most successful riders last season, winning 51 races and finishing third on the jockeys' championship. His rides won prize money of HK$33.6 million. He had withdrawn an application to ride again in Hong Kong for the 2006-07 season, citing family reasons for returning to Australia.