Thu, Jun 22, 10:14am by Staff Writer
A Queensland apprentice has become the latest jockey to be caught out betting on racing, and has been suspended for three months.
Baylee Nothdurft, who is based out of Toowoomba, was found to have had a total of 69 bets in thoroughbred racing in a breach of Australian racing rules.
Nothdurft had the bets on his own account on races in which he wasn’t riding.
It was that factor which allowed him to be charged under AR83(C) rather than the more serious AR83(D), which has a mandatory two-year disqualification.
The three-month ban will be reduced to two months should Nothdurft undertake counselling for his betting.
“If he wasn’t riding, he’d have a punt,” chief steward Allan Reardon told the Courier Mail. “It looks like he was getting out of control. There were a lot of bets.”
“If he can show us he’s taken steps to get help and mend his ways, we will revisit the penalty. It’s up to him now,” Reardon said.
“I have let a lot of people down and have been naive and stupid and made poor choices.
“I feel deeply sorry,” Nothdurft said.
The more serious rule AR83(D) was applied is the recent case of leading Sydney jockey James McDonald, and involves jockeys profiting from bets in races where they rode.
McDonald was banned for 18 months after it was found a commission agent bet on a horse he rode on his behalf in a race in December 2015.
McDonald, one of the leading jockeys in Australia, as given a six-month discount on the two-year ban as he co-operated with the investigation.
The rules and suspensions surrounding jockeys betting on races were tightened in the wake of the Damien Oliver betting scandal back in 2012.
In that situation, Oliver was suspended for just ten months for backing a rival horse in a race at Moonee Valley in 2010.
The suspension as seen as wildly inadequate given Oliver was found to have bet on a rival. He was able to return to the saddle in September 2013 and won a Melbourne Cup on Fiorente on his return.
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