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Visiting Bookie Admits to Taking Bets

6 December 2004

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the Sydney Morning Herald: "Melbourne bookmaker Frank Hudson has admitted to Racing NSW stewards that he held almost $450,000 from 52 unlicensed bets when 'socialising' at Warwick Farm on October 4. Hudson and fellow southern bagman Alan Eskander were questioned at the Racing NSW's Mascot headquarters yesterday at the continuation of an inquiry opened on the race day when stewards and racecourse detectives seized documents that resembled a running tally of bets.

"Hudson admitted he had betting sheets that totalled a hold of $442,350, taken from three parties. When asked by deputy chief steward Greg Rudolph if he'd had a 'handsome winning day', Hudson replied: 'Yes.'

"Hudson and Eskander, who said he was at Warwick Farm 'to attract new clients' and prepare for a business meeting the following day, are only licensed to operate as bookmakers in Victoria.

"…Hudson stuck by his story that he was at Warwick Farm 'chasing a punter who bet with me four of five months ago and hasn't paid me' but he admitted when questioned by Rudolph that he was also taking bets…"

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