Crikey Says

Nov 13, 2012

Crikey says: follow the racing money

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The revelations around Labor Party figures in NSW are putrid. There’s a whiff of wrongdoing in Campbell Newman’s Queensland government. The Commonwealth is launching a royal commission into the abuse and cover-up of heinous assaults on children.

And then there’s the racing industry, where the stench of corruption is growing. Celebrated jockey Damien Oliver was finally ripped from the saddle this morning after being charged with allegedly placing a bet on a rival horse in 2010. Oliver is said to have put $10,000 on Miss Octopussy via a third party in a race it won at Moonee Valley. Oliver, who has also been charged with illegally using his mobile phone in the jockeys’ room prior to the race, rode Europa Point to sixth place.

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