The Racing Integrity Unit (RIU) has today charged Jockey David Walker with two breaches of the Rules of Racing following his ride on “Watch Your Man” in Race 3 at Awapuni on Saturday 16th August.
It is the RIU’s contention that Mr Walker placed bets on another horse “St Ransom” and deliberately rode his horse to ensure his bets were successful.
Following an investigation the RIU has charged Mr Walker for breaching -
Rule 801 (1) (m) – A person commits a Serious Racing Offence within the meaning of these Rules who commits a dishonest or fraudulent act connected with racing or betting associated with racing
Rule 707 (1) – A Rider may only bet on a race and/or sports event (including but not limited to a Race) in New Zealand or in any other jurisdiction, provided that where he is betting on a race and he is riding a horse in that race he may only bet on the horse he is riding.
RIU General Manager Mike Godber says in view of the evidence collected to date and the seriousness of the charges, the RIU has recommended to New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing that Mr Walker’s licence be suspended pending the hearing of the charges.
“The allegations before Mr Walker are serious and threaten the very fabric of thoroughbred racing.
“We therefore consider the continued participation of Mr Walker in racing prior to the JCA hearing would pose an unacceptable risk to the image, interests and integrity of racing,” says Mr Godber.
As this matter is subject to an investigation and full hearing no further comment will be provided from the RIU at this time.
Courtesy Of Racing Integrity Unit