Jockey suspended by stewards
LEADING North Coast jockey Danny Peisley has been suspended for three months after stewards wrapped up their inquiry into matters associated with betting activities on the Jockeys Challenge for the Taree race club meeting on January 28.
The investigation was headed by New South Wales chairman Ray Murrihy, accompanied by steward Mark Van Gestel.
Mid North Coast Racing Association chief steward Drew Smith and Racing NSW Racecourse Detective Bob Nicholson assisted the inquiry.
Evidence was taken from Peisley, rival jockey Peter Graham, trainer Tas Morton, rider’s agent Brett Adkins and Ms Ellen Peisley, a Tabcorp betting account holder
The stewards also inquired into betting activity on a Tabcorp telephone betting account held by Ms Peisley.
Danny Peisley pleaded guilty to a charge under AR83(c) of having between November 28, 2009, and January 28, 2010, made 48 bets on thoroughbred racing via Ms Peisley’s Tabcorp account.
As this was the jockey’s first breach under this rule of racing, a penalty of a three-month suspension of his licence to ride in races was issued and he will be eligible to resume riding on July 7.
Peisley was also charged under AR175(l) with at 8.57am and 9.57am on January 28, 2010, having attempted to place a bet on the Jockey’s Challenge on Peter Graham at the Taree race meeting on that day.
The hearing of the charge was further adjourned so that a closer examination of telephone communications from Peisley’s mobile phone on the morning of January 28 may be obtained.
Stewards further advised Peisley they will continue their investigations into a number of bets placed on Peter Graham in the Jockeys Challenge prior to notification being given at or around 11.50am, he (Peisley) was overweight and Peter Graham was replacing him on Lots of Success (Race 5) and I Love Legs (Race 8), all trained by Tas Morton.
Stewards indicated they will also be providing notice to two Sydney-based persons who placed bets on the Taree Jockey’s Challenge between 10.55am and 11.10am on January 28 and that Danny Peisley will be required to attend at that time.