Australian Racing Boards Implements Harsher Penalties For Gambling Jockeys
The Australian Racing Board has drawn a ''line in the sand'' by imposing harsher minimum penalties for jockeys betting in races in which they are riding and raceday tubing of horses, according to Patrick Bartley of the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. The ARB "announced stiffer penalties for several offences," including a minimum two-year disqualification for a jockey betting on a horse in the same race in which he is riding. Also, tubing of a horse within 24 hours of its race will carry a minimum one-year ban. The new penalties will "apply Australia-wide." Racing Victoria's Integrity Services Department Head Dayle Brown said, ''There is no place in racing for dishonesty and the introduction of minimum penalties for serious offences sends a clear message to all that it will not be tolerated in Victoria and throughout Australia" (SMH, 2/1).