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Australian Bookmaker Banned From Racecourse

6 September 2002

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the Thoroughbred Times: "Judge B. R. Thorley, presiding over the Racing Appeals Tribunal, on Friday handed down a sweeping decision against Australian bookmaker R. W. `Robbie' Waterhouse, reversing one penalty from a suspension to a nine-month disqualification. The ruling means that Waterhouse will not be allowed on the grounds at any racecourse during that time and will have to reapply for his license.

"…Waterhouse was originally charged in February by New South Wales Thoroughbred Racing Board stewards on 16 counts arising from his giving a friend and employee odds of up to 500-to-1 on horses that started as about even money favorites. He also was charged with giving misleading evidence to stewards and bringing racing into disrepute.

"Stewards imposed fines totaling about $43,000 for the bets not deemed to be legitimate wagers, and disqualified Waterhouse for up to two years on three other charges.

"Waterhouse appealed to the board's Racing Appeals Panel and on August 16 won a ruling that reduced the fines to about $10,725, quashed one disqualification, and decreased another to a nine-month suspension…"

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