Kiwi jockey David Walker bet scandal disgraces the industry again!

Kiwi jockey disgraced in betting scandal that shocks industry


Will he ride again? Disgraced jockey David Walker bets on rival horse.In a story that has shocked the typically clean natured New Zealand racing scene, jockey David Walker has had his riding licence suspended after an investigation was launched into one of his rides at Awapuni earlier this year.

The Central Districts jockey will face charges of pulling up a horse so he could collect from a head-to-head bet he ‘allegedly’ placed on a rival horse. The senior rider was aboard Watch Your Man who sat near the rear of the field but video shows he never gave his mount a chance and when he found clear running room, he simply sat on the horse and didn’t move a muscle.

When stewards questioned Walker about the ride he claimed that he was denied any clear running room but that he also had cramp in his hands – something he told stewards before the inquiry was launched. Further investigations by the Racing Integrity Unit concluded that Walker did place a bet, to which he has now admitted to, but in New Zealand it is legal to place a bet on a horse you are riding, however, placing a bet against a rival is not permitted and Walker faces serious charges.

Reports state that the bet was in excess of $500 which seems rather pointless, but he isn’t the first jockey to illegally wager on a race.

Remarkably, Walker was seen via CCTV footage to be collecting his winnings after the race. The rival horse, St Ransom, closed at $1.80 in the head-to-head market but the price was higher before the large bet was placed – leaving Walker to likely double his money.

Walker’s excuse of cramping in the hands is certainly one of the strangest we have come across, as cramping in the hands is a very rare trait for jockeys – he also showed no signs of loosening his grip throughout the race.

The Racing Integrity Unit is now investigating other rides by Walker but he has been charged with this offence and he can’t ride till his court hearing is finished.

If he is found guilty under rule 801, which is the act of committing a dishonest act to do with racing or betting, he can be disqualified for any period, including life. Walker has been charged with rule 707 which prohibits jockeys betting on horses they are not riding.

RIU general manager Mike Godber said given the seriousness of the charges, his licence must be suspended immediately.

“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,” he said.

People in the industry are now calling for change. There is not only the issue of David Walker, who should be made an example of in New Zealand if the laws don’t change, but also the rule that jockeys are allowed to bet on their own horses – coupled with the head-to-head betting options.

Such a betting option allows for this ‘spot fixing’ to be executed with ease and for jockeys who aren’t making steady money, this could become appealing to them. Why jockeys are allowed to place bets in races that involves them riding is beyond us, but rules are there to be changed and rewritten.

Walker isn’t, nor won’t be the last jockey to try and make an extra dollar on a race. Damien Oliver was a highly noted case when he bet $10,000 on a rival horse to win at Moonee Valley. He served his time and now most of the industry has moved on – but the lesser known David Walker might not be so lucky. The 38-year-old has struggled with weight and getting rides throughout his career, and now trainers have a reason to shun him. He also loses out his ride on Scapolo in the $200,000 Group One Makfi Stakes at Hastings tomorrow – the first Group One of the season.

The Makfi Stakes includes the Australian performed Veyron, Survived, Sacred Star and Xanadu. have a fixed odds market set with recent winner I Do the current $4.80 favourite upon the scratching of Silent Achiever.


Oliver dropped from Racing Victoria promo gigs

Whilst the suppression orders are apparently keeping things quiet, it seems Oliver has “Suddenly” lost favour with the Victorian Racing Authorities…Now why would they dump him as the “Face” of the Melbourne Cup Carnival and other events? Interesting indeed…

Oliver, not so cool it seems?

THE fallout continues for champion jockey Damien Oliver as the police investigation continues into an alleged criminal offence.

It is believed Oliver has been dumped from several ambassadorial roles and other public engagements as uncertainty clouds the Melbourne Cup winner’s image.

Oliver was to have been a key part of the celebrations of the 150th running of the Melbourne Cup, but it is understood that has been scrapped.

Racing Victoria refused to comment on Oliver’s exit from promotional work. Good to see everybody shit scared to say anything

Can you believe the Damien Oliver rumours?


A COURT hearing relating to a criminal investigation linked to dual Melbourne Cup winner Damien Oliver was held yesterday – but details cannot be revealed because of a suppression order.

The champion jockey, 38, has been assisting police with the investigation, which is not linked to his stellar racing career. He has not been charged.

Oliver is expected to return to the track at Moonee Valley tonight after withdrawing from four rides at Sandown on Wednesday.

Star Jockey Damien Oliver questioned by Melbourne detectives, BUT WHY

Well this story is growing legs quicker than the Delhi Games withdrawal of athletes. If checked out a few dozen sources from around the traps and if half of them are any where near the truth Damien Oliver will be in far more strife than dropping a few rides at the track. I’m talking doing time behind bars. Now anyone is presumed innocent until proven guilty but I have it that he is being handled very favourably thus far by the press but not for very much longer.

Lets just say Oliver has been known for being a bit of a womaniser out and about. The story goes that he has maybe crossed the line between what is legal and illegal, and it may have something to do with age. All of this of course is allegedly as I want to cover my ass but the other people involved may not be what one would call strangers either. Now we know Oliver is married and has children, has that got anything to do with it?

Stay tuned…this story is about to be blown wide open… What may become of the 25 million dollar movie revolving around Oliver’s heroic ride on media Puzzle to win the Melbourne Cup days after his brother died, catapulting him into an Australian sporting legend remains to be seen…

A six-time Scobie Breasley Medallist and Hall Of Fame inductee, Oliver has won 91 Group One races including two Melbourne Cups on Doriemus (1995) and Media Puzzle (2002).

His fairytale win on Media Puzzle, days after the tragic death of his brother Jason in a riding accident, has been made into a film, The Cup, which was shot earlier this year and is due for release early in 2011.

Damien Oliver in Criminal Investigation

The rumour mill went into overdrive at Sandown races today as news spread about the reason behind Oliver not riding his three mounts today and as to why he is being investigated by the Victorian Police.

CHAMPION hoop Damien Oliver, who is embroiled in a police investigation, has forgone his rides at today's Sandown meeting.

CHAMPION hoop Damien Oliver, who is embroiled in a police investigation, has forgone his rides at today’s Sandown meeting.

Oliver’s manager, Mark Van Triet, contacted Racing Victoria Limited stewards to inform them his client would not be fulfilling any of his three rides.

Bailey declined to elaborate on the reason given by Oliver.

He said Oliver would not be required to provide a medical certificate before he next rode.

Oliver is scheduled to ride at Friday night’s Group 1 meeting at Moonee Valley.

The 38-year-old is helping police with their inquiries into a criminal investigation and agreed to meet detectives on Monday.

He has not been charged with an offence but the probe could interfere with his preparations for this year’s Spring Racing Carnival.

Geelong Supt Peter O’Neill said Oliver had spoken to police and investigations were continuing.

Insp Pat Whelan, from Geelong Police Station, also confirmed Oliver had spoken to detectives.

Oliver is a winner of 91 Group 1 races, a six-time Scobie Breasley medallist and an inductee of Australian Racing’s Hall Of Fame.

It is believed Racing Victoria has offered him counselling.

The matter is not related to the racing industry and the Herald Sun has chosen not to reveal its nature for legal reasons.

Acting on legal advice, Oliver would not comment when contacted by the Herald Sun. “I’ve got no comment to make,” Oliver said.

Specialist crime unit investigators, who interviewed Oliver, are speaking to several witnesses.

Racing Victoria chief steward Terry Bailey said he had not been briefed about the probe.

“I’ve heard rumours,” he said.

“It’s difficult to comment until then. We have to find out the facts first.

“It’s in the hands of the police and if and when it becomes official we’ll deal with it then.”

RVL chief Rob Hines would not be drawn on the issue.

“I have one thing to say about this whole story and that’s ‘I have no comment on the circumstances surrounding these rumours that are about at the moment’,” Mr Hines said.

Victorian Jockeys’ Association chief Des O’Keeffe had no comment.

Speculation has been swirling around the racing industry across Australia and overseas.

Oliver is one of the few jockeys to win racing’s Grand Slam – a Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and Golden Slipper.

His Melbourne Cup win on Media Puzzle in 2002 is one of the nation’s greatest sporting moments. It came just days after his brother, Jason, died after falling from a horse in Western Australia.

Oliver’s father, Ray, was also killed in a horse fall.

A film is being made about the inspirational victory on Media Puzzle.