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Racing tipping service and a $1.50 shot in the spotlight

Wed, Nov 21, 2:03pm by Staff Writer

Tipping services are prevalent across both racing and sports betting but there’s been a move to stop a jockey manager from operating such services after an incident last Saturday.

Jockey Josh Parr rode $1.50 favourite Roheryn to second place in race 1 at Rosehill Gardens last Saturday and stewards are likely to find the short-priced favourite was misjudged.

In the aftermath of the race, Parr’s manager John Walter’s tipping service allegedly selected Chess Star to win the race.

Stewards had flagged a potential rule change earlier in the year where jockey managers or agents betting and tipping on races would not be permitted but it has yet to be woven into the rule book.

The role of a jockey manager has come under the spotlight after last Saturday’s events, with the job itself requiring industry knowledge.

Most managers are punters and professionals at that, with their roles requiring licensing to monitor betting activity.

Tipping services imply a greater degree of knowledge and special insight. A small edge is all a bettor needs to capitalise on a market.

Chess Star produces odds-against win

Walter’s tip on Saturday came through as a $9.50 shot when the jockey he manages couldn’t get an odds-on favourite over the line.

Parr was the subject of two post-race inquiry’s after last Saturday’s events and handed his phone to stewards and cooperated fully in the inquiry, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

The inquiry was momentarily adjourned to run race two of Saturday’s slate, with trainer James Cummings giving evidence as to the running of the race.

Racing New South Wales chief steward was told by Parr that, “both James and I spoke before the race and we thought that, similar to his previous start, he would settle at the rear of the field.”

“We didn’t think that would too be too much of a negative – that’s how we won here two weeks ago,” Parr said.

Jockey questioned about his urgency during the race

Van Gestel went on to question Parr about his vigour and urgency on Roheryn in the middle stages of the race, something that was perceived to be lacking.

“My actions might not look like I’m encouraging the horse forward but I am certainly not doing the opposite, which would be holding him up,” Parr said.

Cumming was present beside Parr and went on to say that, “I would have been disappointed if (Parr) took off at the 800m and busted the horse as a result. The pace of the race just didn’t suit him today.”

He opted to ride a quiet race at the back of the field and most likely failed to recognise the substantial gap that had opened up at the front half of the field.

When stewards alerted Parr to the fact that his manager had tipped the winner, he was allegedly blindsided by the matter.

Parr rode Roheryn to within a couple of lengths of Chess Star and in the end made up tremendous ground in the home straight.

Chess Star is co-trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, with Bott heaping praise on the colt.

“He had to do it at both ends here today. He put the writing on the wall with a really strong trial in open company so we are pretty happy with him coming into this race,” Bott said.

Roheryn went into the race on a solid run of form, winning the 1200m at Rosehill Gardens a fortnight ago and taking out an 1100m event at Warwick Farm in October.

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