By Nick McKenzie and Clay Hichens
Four Corners (click to find episode)
Updated August 7, 2012 10:10:00
Gambling in Australia is a national obsession. Thoroughbred racing is where sports betting began. Last year the nation spent $14 billion punting on horses. Most people put their money down believing the races are a true contest, but are they? With billions of dollars changing hands, racing also provides an environment that’s attractive to criminals. Some try to influence the outcome of races. Others use the track as a cover to launder money.
This week, in a joint Four Corners-The Ageinvestigation “Inside Mail“, reporter Nick McKenzie lifts the lid on allegations of crime and corruption in thoroughbred racing in this country. Are races fixed? Has the sport been infiltrated by organised criminals and, if so, what are police and racing authorities doing to stop it?
“Inside Mail”, reported by Nick McKenzie and presented by Kerry O’Brien, goes to air on Monday 6th August at 8.30pm on ABC1. It is replayed on Tuesday 7th August at 11.35pm. It can also be seen at 8.00pm Saturday on ABC News 24, ABC iview or at abc.net.au/4corners.
First posted August 5, 2012 19:13:00