Live baiting tougher scandal than Fine Cotton, says Queensland Racing boss Darren Condon   Leave a comment

Live baiting tougher scandal than Fine Cotton, says Queensland Racing boss Darren Condon

Queensland Racing boss Darren Condon says the investigation into live baiting “is not goi

Queensland Racing boss Darren Condon says the investigation into live baiting “is not going to be over in the near future”. Source: News Corp Australia

RACING officials believe the live-baiting scandal has been more challenging than the Fine Cotton affair with more charges likely from 400 hours of unviewed footage.

Twenty greyhound trainers have been warned off Queensland tracks after stewards viewed secret footage of greyhounds chasing live baits.

“We still have around 400 hours of footage to watch,” Racing Queensland chief executive Darren Condon said on Tuesday.

“Stewards are going through it. It is a long, laborious progress. It is not going to be over in the near future but it was never about being a quick process.

“We wanted to rid the industry of the scourge.”

The local galloping industry was rocked by the Fine Cotton ring-in scandal in 1984 but that was a case of one rogue operation being detected after the race and before payout.

The widespread nature of live baiting has made it a deeper scandal with vast tentacles that are still being discovered as stewards review footage secretly taken at the training precinct of banned trainer Tom Noble.

Stewards still have about 400 hours of footage to watch as they continue investigations i

Stewards still have about 400 hours of footage to watch as they continue investigations into live baiting in the greyhound industry, which was exposed on Four Corners in February. Source: Supplied

“It has probably been the most difficult thing racing has gone through in this country,” Condon said. “It has challenged us at Racing Queensland more than Fine Cotton which challenged the QTC all those years ago.

“We have led the market how we have responded to it. The actions we have taken have largely been picked up by the national body and been implemented.”

Condon said with so much tape to be viewed, it was likely more charges would follow.

“What we have seen so far sadly it looks as if there will be (more charges). If there is a positive it is that there are a lot of familiar attendees. People have said we could get into the hundreds (of charges) but I do not believe it will.”

Surprisingly betting turnover has not been affected by the scandal.

Some betting agencies have reported a slight increase in turnover since the story broke in February, quelling fears the industry may collapse.

Originally published as Live baiting tougher scandal than Fine Cotton

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Posted May 6, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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