Nikolic, a jockey I have always liked seems to be in deep shit over the current claims of dishing information off to punters on horses he loses on.Now don’t be confused, because the punters actually win, by betting the horse will lose on Betfair, were you can effectively become a bookmaker, taking other peoples money who want to bet a horse will WIN
Handy information if you can get it I say..More to come stay tuned
Anyway here is what Adrian Dunn had in the Herald Sun had to say
Nikolic told the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board he had not discussed the chances of Baby Boom, trained by his brother John, with Clements before it raced and was defeated at the Gold Coast on January 3.
Clements laid Baby Boom to lose and won $56,040 when the horse finished fourth.
Paul Holdenson, QC, appearing for Racing Victoria, told the hearing that John Nikolic had told a Queensland Racing inquiry he had not spoken to Clements about Baby Boom’s chances.
“Let me be very blunt … I reckon before Baby Boom raced that you spoke to Neville Clements about the horse,” Holdenson said.
Danny Nikolic replied: “I would love to take a polygraph test. I never spoke about the horse. You’re 100 per cent wrong.”
Holdenson took Nikolic through each of the nine horses he had ridden that Clements had laid to lose on Betfair and asked him if he had discussed the “prospects or lack of them” with Clements.
Nikolic, facing four potentially career-threatening counts of improper practice and acting in a manner prejudicial to racing, said he spoke to Clements before most meetings, as he did with another form analyst, Mark Hunter, but the talk was about the speed and tempo of races.
“I use him as a sounding pad, same as Mark Hunter,” Nikolic said. “I don’t tip horses. I certainly don’t tip to form guys.”
Nikolic said he had never received any remuneration from Clements. When asked by Holdenson why Clements would provide him with such information, the jockey replied: “I think we’re friends, he has a genuine interest in racing, makes his livelihood from it, so he takes my phone calls.”
He said he had no knowledge Clements had a Betfair account or laid horses until after the stewards’ investigation began.
Earlier, the board heard that Clements laid to lose on Betfair horses ridden by Nikolic more than other jockeys in Victoria over a 14-month period.
Clements placed 24 lay bets on Nikolic, eight more than on Luke Nolen and Craig Newitt.
The hearing was told Clements had laid bets on four Nikolic-ridden runners that won and Clements had lost.
The hearing concludes today. Judge Lewis will announce the board’s finding on Tuesday.