The Jock. The Girlfriend. The Bet Account
The wagering accounts of interest to Racing Victoria (RV) stewards’ in the Baron Archer inquiry include, it is believed, an account in the name of Tania Hyett, the partner of suspended jockey Danny Nikolic.
It is reported on www.thoroughbrednews.com.au that RV chief steward Terry Bailey has confirmed the betting account of Hyett is being investigated in relation to the inquiry.
Stewards launched the inquiry into the betting patterns around a beaten favourite Baron Archer in a race at Echuca on March 8th. They became concerned with the betting trends in the race, where the $2.80 favourite came third in a five-horse field.
The four-year-old gelding was laid heavily to lose while stewards later became aware, although trainer Jason Warren had not informed them before the race, that Baron Archer had undergone a throat operation before resuming at Echuca.
Bailey said other than the Echuca Cup, which was held on the same day, there were twice and up to three times as many bets on the race than any other event on the card.
The ownership of the horse and ride of Ben Melham was of no interest to the stewards at the meeting. Warren has been questioned by stewards and this line of the inquiry is ongoing.
Bailey said his team is looking into how Hyett’s account was being funded and operated. He expects charges to be laid within a week.
“There are two accounts of interest that we are looking at. The accounts are familiar to us,” said Bailey.
“The investigation pretty much went into swing straight after the race – our control room back at headquarters notified the stewards at Echuca about the fairly large matching of bets against Baron Archer to lose and the inquiry started on the day in question,” he said.
Racenet.com.au also report that Mornington trainer Jason Warren will face a charge of deliberately misleading stewards in the latest instalment of the case involving Baron Archer.
Stewards launched an investigation into irregular betting patterns surrounding the VOBIS Murray River Gold (1400m) at Echuca on March 8 after it emerged Baron Archer was heavily laid to lose the race.
Baron Archer started as a $2.80 favourite on track but the gelding was the subject of heavy laying on Betfair before he ran third to Soosa Rama in the $70,000 event.
It later emerged Baron Archer had undergone a throat operation but Warren had not reported the procedure to stewards as required by the rules of racing.
Stewards allege Warren “intentionally failed to report” Baron Archer’s operation, which constitutes a breach of AR140 (a)(ii)(a) and also lied to stewards during the inquiry into the matter.
Stewards also charged Warren with giving false or misleading evidence under AR175(g).
The Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board will hear the charge on a date to be fixed.
Stewards are continuing their investigation into the betting activity surrounding Baron Archer’s failure.