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RACING Queensland has been hit by a potential new betting scandal after a senior steward was stood down amid allegations he was seen betting at a Brisbane TAB.

DANIEL MEERS reports for THE COURIER-MAIL that the incident was immediately referred to Racing Integrity Commissioner Jim O’Sullivan, who has requested to view footage from the TAB to determine whether the allegations have any substance.

Mr O’Sullivan is a former Queensland police commissioner.

The Courier-Mail can reveal a harness racing licensee claims to have evidence that trotting steward Cameron McClune may have placed bets at the TAB venue, and therefore did not want Mr McClune to preside over race day inquiries.

Racing Queensland has stood down Mr McClune from race day stewarding pending the outcome of the inquiry, but he remains at work on office duties.

Stewards are responsible for patrolling the integrity of racing, enforcing the rules, determining the outcome of protests, and supervising the drug testing of horses. for races.

All stewards are banned from betting on races.

However they are allowed to bet on other sports.

There is no ban on a steward being present in a TAB, but Racing Queensland bosses have advised against it.

It is believed the investigation into the incident involving Mr McClune will take a month.

Racing Queensland confirmed a steward was under investigation for betting, but would not comment on the investigation.

Nor would they make Mr McClune available for comment.

It is not the first time Mr McClune has been embroiled in a racing investigation.

In 2004, then-chairman Bob Bentley set up an independent inquiry into Mr McClune’s behaviour as a thoroughbred steward.

He is currently a harness racing steward, and began his career in the 1990s.

The $120 million legal stoush between Racing Queensland and TattsBet is set to drag on after the matter was adjourned in the Supreme Court until next month.

Racing Queensland rocked the state’s fourth largest ASX company when it launched a suit claiming it was owed unpaid fees of $126 million before TattsBet lodged a counterclaim.

The matter appeared briefly in court last Tuesday, before being adjourned until July 22.

There is still a possibility it could be settled out of court.

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