Monday 29. August, 2016

Four Arrested in Victoria Over Harness Racing Match Fixing Allegations

Four people have been arrested in Victoria over allegations of match fixing in the harness racing industry. The Victoria Police arrested the two men and two women after the Breeders Crown meeting at Tabcorp Park Melton.

The allegations were brought concerning a race in Cobram last June and Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) confirmed they have been investigating the matter.

“In June 2015, the Harness Racing Victoria Integrity Department initiated an investigation into matters relating to the conduct of a race at Cobram on 22 June, 2015, particularly with respect to the training arrangements and associated betting activity surrounding the relevant race,” read a statement.

The HRV investigated Race 4 of the day which was won by a horse named Airbournemagic. Nathan Jack raced Tooram Magic who came in third place. Jack and his girlfriend, Amanda Turnbull, were among the people arrested. Approximately $30,000 was won in bets placed on the race.

The arrests were made on one of the biggest days in the harness racing calendar and chairman of Harness Racing Victoria, Dale Monteith, defended the timing of the action that was taken.

“We fully support Victoria Police in the action they’ve taken and even the timing of it because I think it sends a very clear message to all those people out there who have been crying out for integrity in harness racing for a long time,” stated Monteith.

“We’ve got increased drug testing – we’ve got some more cameras on course in terms of film footage to help our stewards.”

“You can certainly take it from me that the new HRV board is absolutely determined to ensure that harness racing in Victoria is as clean as it possibly can [be].”

The investigation is ongoing and the police and HRV said they could not comment further at this time.

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