BAILS AND 'I'LL BE BACK' ARNIE VOW TO WORK OUT DIFFERENCES
RACING Victoria chief steward Terry Bailey and Melbourne Racing Club chief executive Brodie Arnhold both expressed regret on Friday over volatile comments they had made this week and vowed to work together at a peace meeting.
MATT STEWART reports for the HERALD SUN that Arnhold appeared at Racing Victoria to explain comments he made at a function at the Emerald Hotel on Wednesday night.
At the charity function Arnhold suggested problems suspended trainer Peter Moody had with Bailey could be “fixed’’. The suggestion was that Arnhold could assist in the removal of the chief steward.
The next day Bailey labelled the MRC a “renegade’’ club.
In a statement, the steward and the executive said they regretted their comments.
RV chief executive Bernard Saundry said the discussion had been “fruitful ... and the parties have agreed that the comments, whether made at a private function or to the media, were inappropriate’’.
“The matter has been resolved and all parties will move forward with the clear intention of working diligently together on the administration of the sport and ensuring they instil confidence in the interests of Victorian racing.
“Racing Victoria is of the firm view that the Melbourne Racing Club understands and values the importance of maintaining the highest integrity standards in Victorian racing for the benefit of all stakeholders.”
MRC chairman Mike Symons said “the Melbourne Racing Club’s commitment to integrity in racing could not be stronger”.
“The club has always been at the forefront of enhancements to integrity measures in the Victorian racing industry and we unconditionally support the work of RV’s integrity team led by Dayle Brown and Terry Bailey,” Symons said.
“Integrity is the foundation of the racing industry and without it we do not have a viable product which our customers will continue to enjoy and wager on with confidence.”
BAILEY BLASTS INDUSTRY FIGURES OVER FUNCTION COMMENTS
VICTORIA’S top racing steward has lashed out at leading industry figures over their controversial comments about the industry’s integrity regime.
CARLY CRAWFORD and MARK BUTLER report for the HERALD SUN that top former trainer Peter Moody and Melbourne Racing Club chief Brodie Arnhold are in the sights of chief steward Terry Bailey following a speaking function at South Melbourne’s Emerald Hotel on Wednesday night.
Moody, who quit racing in March when he was suspended for unintentionally dosing a horse with banned drug cobalt, told the audience that he would only consider a return to racing when Bailey and integrity manager Dayle Brown were no longer in their positions.
Mr Arnhold stunned members of the audience by saying their removal could be arranged.
A frustrated Mr Bailey, whose house was shot up last October, today exploded by going public with his anger towards some in the industry.
“The Melbourne Racing Club beat their chest about integrity being paramount,” Bailey said.
“What does it take to enforce the rules of racing in this town?
“You get shot at, family threatened, senior industry figures spread vicious rumours about you.
“And renegade clubs respond like this.”
Bailey is believed to have grown increasingly frustrated with leading industry figures spreading false claims about the motive for the shooting of his home in October.
Detectives are still investigating that attack.
Mr Arnhold said he could not remember whether he had made comments about Bailey or not.
“I wasn’t even on stage. I was in the crowd and I’m having a beer at a pub for a charity event,” Mr Arnhold told the Herald Sun.
Moody was the featured guest speaker for the event, staged for the Pinchapoo Foundation.
Moody told the Herald Sun that he thought his comments at the event were “quite respectful” and added he did not wish to buy into the latest drama.
“I’ve openly stated that at times I would struggle under the current regime but I’ve never said I’m coming back,” he said.
During the event, Mr Arnhold was spotted talking to owner Richard Callander who was banned from racing by NSW officials and fined $10,000 for fraudulent conduct in the sale of a thoroughbred to interests in Hong Kong.
OWNERS SLAM RIDE GUIDE - NOW LIKELY TO STALL ON LAUNCH PAD
THE Thoroughbred Racehorse Owners’ Association has slammed an innovation to have jockeys tips on a corporate bookmaker’s website as “a major cheek” and joined Victorian and NSW stewards in opposing it.
“The jockeys have in the past moaned about the lack of consultation from racing authorities on various issues, but then they go and pull this stuff without consulting with owners ... it’s very disappointing,” TROA chairman and leading owner Jonathan Munz told MATT STEWART of the HERALD SUN.
“As the stewards have noted, much of the information the jockeys are seeking to disclose and get an earn on belongs to and is sourced from owners and their trainers.
“The jockeys are getting information and riding horses in work as part of the process of contracting to owners and trainers to ride their horses in races. It is a major cheek to then try to sell that information and not even have the manners or common sense to discuss it with us first.”
Stewards met on Wednesday to discuss a number of controversial aspects of Ride Guide, a pitch from sports company Unscriptd to have a click-on facility on the website of bookmaker Ladbrokes for jockeys to offer video insights into their mounts.
The brainchild of successful Melbourne jockey Chris Symons, it was launched on the Ladbrokes site last Saturday, catching stewards, Racing Victoria and Racing NSW off guard.
Stewards are almost certain to quash it on Thursday.
Concerns emerged regarding the alleged payment of jockeys by Unscriptd, the negative perception of jockeys being linked to a bookmaker and the exclusivity of information to that bookmaker.
The Herald Sun believes Unscriptd’s second pitch to allay the concerns of stewards would be for the information to be available to Ladbrokes customers and non-customers.
But the probability that the information would still be launched via the corporate bookie’s site — making it commercially viable for Ladbrokes — means it will be rejected, sources said.
“It’s $101 and drifting,’’ an industry source said. “There is a fundamental non-relationship in racing — bookmakers and jockeys.”
The source said jockeys had an obligation first to owners, trainers and the industry regulator.
“This is a far different scenario than jockeys appearing, unpaid, on standard media outlets,’’ the source said. “It can’t happen.’’
If jockeys tip on Ride Guide without the approval of stewards — which is now certain not to be granted — they will be in breach of their licence.
A Ladbrokes spokesman said the UK-owned betting company would be “guided by what the stewards ... say”.
Ride Guide was pitched to a number of corporate bookmakers and the industry website racing.com, but was rejected before being taken on by Ladbrokes.
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