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Stablehand outed for three years

04:32 PM 17 Nov 2015 NZDT
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On 11 November 2015, the Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) Racing Appeals and Disciplinary (RAD) Board heard a matter in regards to charges issued by HRV Stewards under Australian Harness Racing Rules (AHRR) 245 and 246 against formerly licensed stablehand Mr David Clohesy.

 AHRR 245 reads as follows:

A person shall not direct, persuade, encourage or assist anyone to breach these rules or otherwise engage in an improper practice.

AHRR 246 reads as follows:

A person who has reasonable grounds for believing that someone is behaving or may behave or has behaved in a way causing, likely to cause or which has caused a breach of these rules shall promptly bring the matter to the notice of the Controlling Body or the Stewards.

The charges under AHRR 245 and 246 issued by HRV Stewards against Mr Clohesy related to Mr Clohesy’s involvement by way of arranging, at the request of formerly licensed trainer/driver Shayne Cramp, a third party to place a $100 trifecta bet on behalf of Shayne Cramp on Race 5 conducted at Mildura on 12 November 2014, a race in which Mr Shayne Cramp was competing in and therefore was unable to bet on.

In relation to their own conduct with respect to the lead up to and running of this race, Shayne Cramp and his father, formerly licensed trainer/driver Greg Cramp, appeared at the Melbourne Magistrates Court on 3 September 2015 where they were convicted and sentenced to a Community Corrections Order for an offence against Section 195C of the Crimes Act 1958.

On 30 October 2015, Shayne and Greg Cramp were also disqualified by Harness Racing Victoria (HRV) for a period of 12 years in relation to the matter.

This 12 year disqualification is subject to an appeal by both parties.

The charges against Mr Clohesy were not that he had any involvement with or knowledge of any arrangements between any other parties relevant to tactics to be adopted during the running of the race.

Mr Clohesy, through his legal representative, pleaded guilty to the two charges and to a further charge issued under AHRR 245 regarding admissions he made to HRV Stewards with respect to the placing of a $250 win bet on Race 2 at Mildura on 14 January 2015, a bet he indicated to be on behalf of Shayne Cramp.

After hearing submissions from HRV Stewards and the legal representative for Mr Clohesy, the HRV RAD Board imposed the following penalties, noting that Mr Clohesy had already relinquished his stablehand licence, removing himself from the industry as from 11 February 2015:

Charge 1 (AHRR 245)  -   2 year disqualification

Charge 2 (AHRR 246)  -   6 month disqualification (to be served concurrently to Charge 1)

Charge 3 (AHRR 245)  -  1 year disqualification (to be served cumulatively to Charge 1-2)

The RAD Board imposed an effective total disqualification of 3 years and ordered such disqualification to commence with immediate effect.

In delivering its decision, the HRV RAD Board considered that Mr Clohesy had provided full co-operation and assistance to the HRV Stewards, voluntarily surrendered his stablehand licence as of 11 February 2015 and thereby removed himself from the industry, made admissions to all matters including the additional disclosure of the information that resulted in the laying of Charge 3, indicated at an early stage that he would be pleading guilty, expressed regret for not having given greater thought as to what he was being asked to do, been a licensed person since 2012, an owner for a longer period and had displayed genuine remorse for his involvement in the matter.

The HRV RAD Board also considered Mr Clohesy’s personal circumstances, his youth and family circumstances and the impact of the publicity that the matter had attracted.

The HRV RAD Board noted that Mr Clohesy’s involvement was as a conduit to enable Shayne Cramp to bet on the relevant race.

The HRV RAD Board commented that, even considering the mitigatory matters and role played by Mr Clohesy, these type of offences strike at the core of the financial viability of harness racing, that harness racing depends to a significant extent from the financing it receives from gambling and that the gambling public will not gamble on harness racing unless it has an expectation that it is gambling on a level playing field.

The HRV RAD Board also noted that these types of offences were very difficult to detect and that specific and general deterrence were particularly important considerations.

These charges stem from the HRV Stewards initiating and conducting an investigation into the conduct of races and associated betting in the Mildura region relevant to the operation of the Mildura based Shayne Cramp stable.

HRV Stewards provided information to the Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit of Victoria Police who commenced an investigation which culminated in Shayne and Greg Cramp appearing before the Melbourne Magistrates court as described above.

HRV would like to acknowledge the co-operation between Victoria Police’s Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit, the Office of the Racing Integrity Commissioner and Harness Racing Victoria in bringing these serious matters before the relevant authorities.

HRV particularly wish to acknowledge the significant efforts and dedication of the Sporting Integrity Intelligence Unit in investigating this complex matter.

If anyone has any information relating to race-fixing allegations they can contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or www.crimestoppersvic.com.au or the information can be reported to HRV Stewards on 03 8378 0222 or the Racing Integrity Hotline on 1300 227 225.

Harness Racing Victoria

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