Nikolic fined $3000 but beats most serious charges

JOCKEY Danny Nikolic was today cleared of all four serious charges levelled against him by Racing Victoria Limited stewards.

Judge Russell Lewis, chairman of the Racing Appeals + Disciplinary Board, listed 10 reasons why the stewards case failed.

Nikolic was fined $2000 for using abusive and insulting language towards Racing Victoria Limited chairman of stewards Terry Bailey at Moonee Valley on February 13.

He was fined $250 on each of the four charges of leaving the jockeys room without the permission of stewards.

But Nikolic pleaded not guilty to the most serious offences – two charges of engaging in an improper practice and a further two of acting in a manner prejudicial to the interest and image of racing.

Earlier, Judge Lewis queried RVL legal counsel on when it knew charges had been laid against  Queensland punters Alessandro Alaimo and Kevin McFarland for failing to attend a RVL stewards inquiry.

RVL stewards signed off on the charges on or about June 12, but Nikolic’s legal counsel was not informed until last Thursday.

Judge Lewis questioned the prosecutional fairness given that on the previous day, Paul Holdenson, QC, for RVL stewards, built a plank of its prosecution on the failure of Nikolic’s counsel to call Alaimo and  McFarland.

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