More to come on these, need to check something…UPDATE LATE TODAY 26/11/10 SHOULD BE CRIMINAL CHARGES, people bet on horses, these bloke are jockeys, how can you trust them? need to set massive deterrent to other jockeys…
SYDNEY jockeys Blake Shinn and Peter Robl were today given lengthy suspensions by Racing NSW stewards for placing bets on races in which they were riding.
Melbourne Cup-winning rider Shinn was disqualified for 15 months and Robl for 12 months following the revelation they bet more than $300,000 over the past two years.
Shinn’s mother Carol and Robl’s wife Elaine were both fined $7500 for being a party to the offences.
Evidence to the inquiry showed Shinn and Robl had bet on both Mrs Shinn and Mrs Robl’s account by phone and the internet.
Jockeys cannot bet on horseracing but are permitted to bet on other sports.
The two were charged over placing bets via a Tabcorp account registered to Robl’s wife Elaine.
Elaine Robl has pleaded guilty to two of three charges relating to activity on the account while Shinn’s mother Carol has also pleaded guilty to two of three charges relating to that account.
Blake Shinn also pleaded guilty to a new charge issued by Racing NSW stewards of placing calls from the jockeys‘ room on August 19 which is against the rules.
Telephone records also show he placed calls to his partner, fellow jockey Kathy O’Hara, when she was riding at a Goulburn meeting on August 23.
Shinn admitted to having $4000 on a horse O’Hara rode that day but denied the conversation was about betting. No it was about picking up some eggs on the way home? bloody hell
O’Hara was unavailable for Friday’s inquiry which has been adjourned while stewards consider the not guilty pleas by Elaine Robl and Carol Shinn to the third charge against them.
More on Peter Robl from a Herald Sun story the other day
AS Peter Robl walked into the mounting yard for his first ride at Rosehill Gardens yesterday, the tension was palpable.
Every photographer on course immediately trained their cameras on him, a nervous smile betraying the jockey’s mood.
Then a rowdy punter cut the ice with the comment: “Hey Robl, have you backed this one with Shinn!”
I’m not sure if Robl heard it but those around the punter burst into laughter.
Robl, a laid-back character and one of racing’s genuine nice guys, probably realises he is going to have to put up with these taunts for the rest of his riding career.
He climbed aboard Golestan and gave the horse every chance before finishing fourth behind Scarf.
But only Robl knows what his week from hell has taken from him.
He is embroiled in a betting scandal with fellow jockey Blake Shinn that has rocked NSW racing.
“I’m handling it OK – what can you do?” Robl said with a shrug of the shoulders when asked how he was coping with the pressure of the on-going stewards inquiry. The riding careers of Robl and Shinn are now stuck at the crossroads.
Between them, the two jockeys are alleged to have placed countless bets, totalling more than $500,000, over the last two years on NSW gallops, harness and greyhound races.
Racing NSW stewards aren’t concerned about the bets placed on the trots and dogs, but jockeys wagering on thoroughbred races is a cardinal sin.
Stewards have already laid a total of 12 charges against Robl and Shinn after a sensational opening day of the inquiry last Friday. It was learned that stewards have CCTV footage of Shinn placing bets at inner-city TABs and recordings of Robl using his wife’s TAB telephone betting account.
Charges have also been laid against Robl’s wife, Elaine, and Shinn’s mother, Carol, for their alleged involvement in the betting affair.
With the inquiry expected to reconvene later this week, Racing NSW chief steward Ray Murrihy did reveal racing officials viewed these matters on three levels, which are in descending order:
* JOCKEYS betting against themselves;
* JOCKEYS betting on their own mounts; and
* JOCKEYS betting on races they are not riding in.
Despite the considerable number of bets placed by Shinn and Robl, stewards have found only one instance where either jockey placed a wager on another horse they were riding against.
Shinn invested $2500 on Giresun in a Randwick race back in August when he was riding Diamond Jim.
It proved a losing wager, with Giresun finishing second while Diamond Jim ran fourth.
“Even though I have gambled, I’ve always done my best [on the race track],” Shinn told stewards.
Robl maintains that he has never backed a horse he was riding against.
In fact, stewards have forensically examined every race both jockeys had wagers on and were riding in, and have found no fault with their rides.
If either jockey was found guilty by stewards, talk at the track yesterday was that they faced a riding ban of at least 12 months.
Robl, 38, has already indicated privately that if he was outed, he would probably return to his former home in the Riverina to pick up the pieces of his riding career. A ban for 23-year-old Shinn, who won the Melbourne Cup on Viewed two years ago, would be even more damaging because the young jockey is on the cusp of a hugely successful career in the saddle.
Shinn, who is currently out injured with a broken leg, has placed in real jeopardy his chances of securing international riding contracts in places like Hong Kong and Mauritius in coming years.
The betting scandal engulfing Robl and Shinn isn’t as serious as the notorious 1995 Jockey Tapes, as there is no evidence or suggestion that either jockey is involved in rigging races.
But the scandal has again raised questions about whether riders should be allowed to bet on their own mounts.
Murrihy almost had apoplexy yesterday when I broached this topic with him.
“There is a clear prohibition against jockeys betting and I’m not a supporter of that being changed one iota,” Murrihy said.
“It is such a simplistic approach to say let a jockey bet. One day the jockey might have $10,000 on his horse and knock half the field down trying to win. The next time he rides that horse, he might not back it, so what message does that send?”
Murrihy also defended his decision to hold Friday’s inquiry out in the open.
“The public image and perception of this sport is paramount and that was the primary reason we did not hold the inquiry behind close doors,” he added.
Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’landys refused to comment on the Shinn and Robl case other than to say that both jockeys deserve procedural fairness and natural justice.
But, on a broader issue, he was equally adamant that jockeys betting on races “cannot and will not be tolerated”.
“The entire fabric of the racing industry revolves around integrity and in order to keep public confidence in the sport, jockeys must strictly and conscientiously abide by these rules,” V’landys said.
“One of the assets racing has over the emerging threat of sports betting is that no other sport invests as much as racing does on the integrity issues.
“The punters need to know that not only has racing got to look right, it has to be right.”
- Top jockeys face illegal-bet probe (theage.com.au)
- Shinn, Robl under investigation: report (news.theage.com.au)
- Shinn had $4000 on horse his partner Kathy O’Hara rode (aussiecriminals.com.au)