Danny Nikolic’s partner Tania Hyett charged by Racing Victoria stewards over alleged bets   Leave a comment

Danny Nikolic’s partner Tania Hyett charged by Racing Victoria stewards over alleged bets

Both entered the mounting yard but Nikolic, who was disqualified and then suspended after threatening Racing Victoria’s chief steward Terry Bailey at the Seymour races in 2012, was asked to leave the weigh-in area by acting chief steward Robert Cram.

Danny Nikolic was asked to leave the weigh-in area at Flemington on Wednesday.

Danny Nikolic was asked to leave the weigh-in area at Flemington on Wednesday. Source: News Corp Australia

RACING Victoria stewards on Wednesday charged controversial jockey Danny Nikolic’s partner Tania Hyett over a string of alleged bets she made while working for trainer Robert Smerdon.

Hyett attended the races at Flemington on Wednesday, along with Nikolic, as part-owner of Salute To Jude, who finished third in race six.

Later that afternoon Hyett was formally charged by stewards with placing lay bets (for horses to lose) on horses trained by Smerdon while she was a stable employee for the trainer at Aquanita.

Hyett was charged under the rule which prohibits any person employed by a trainer in connection with the training or care of racehorses from laying a horse under the control of the trainer for whom he/she is or was employed.

Stewards said Hyett held an account with Betfair and placed bets or authorised others to place bets on her behalf via that account.

Baron Archer was the centre of abnormal betting patterns in a race at Echuca in March.

Baron Archer was the centre of abnormal betting patterns in a race at Echuca in March. Source: Getty Images

Stewards contend that between December 20 last year and April 17 this year that Hyett placed, or had placed on her behalf, 34 lay bets on Smerdon-trained horses.

The Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board will hear the charge on a date to be fixed.

Stewards said they are continuing their investigations into abnormal betting patterns around Baron Archer’s performance when he resumed at Echuca on March 8.

Ridden by Ben Melham, favourite Baron Archer finished third in a five-horse field.

RVL investigations revealed a huge amount of money was wagered through Betfair for Baron Archer to get beaten.

Stewards are investigating who provided the massive funds for the bets and have interviewed Nikolic.

Nikolic, 40, has applied for a jockey’s licence. His application will be heard by the Racing Victoria board which will also hear recommendations from stewards.

Originally published as Stewards charge Nikolic’s partner over bets

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Posted June 11, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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