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O.P. « 2017-Apr-07, 02:07 PM »
7 APR 2017 - 11:26AM

More harness racing arrests likely in Qld

Queensland investigators probing systemic match fixing in the harness racing industry say more arrests are expected after a 46-year-old man was charged.

Queensland police have charged one man and flagged further arrests amid a crackdown on systemic match fixing in the state's harness racing industry.

A 46-year-old licensed harness driver and trainer from Warwick has been charged with one count of match fixing over his alleged involvement in a "loose cartel" operating in the industry.

His licence has been suspended as a result of the allegation.

Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett says the cartel of drivers and trainers were involved in systemic match fixing and changed their tactics from race to race.

"It's not every race, it's not every race meeting - but it's not a rare event," Mr Barnett said at a press conference on Friday.

He said more arrests were imminent.

"There will be, in the coming days, more arrests," he said.

Mr Barnett said investigators had received information from people within the industry who held concerns "for some time" about improper behaviour.

But he said there was no evidence as yet that traditional organised crime groups were involved.

Investigators this week searched properties of five harness racing participants at Limestone Ridges, Warwick, The Gap, Logan Village and Redcliffe.

Detectives seized mobile phones, computers, documents and clothing.

The items will now be forensically examined.

The crime racing squad was set up in 2016 to investigate serious animal cruelty, match fixing and major and organised crime across all three codes of racing.

The offence of engaging in match-fixing conduct was recently added to the state's criminal code and carries a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment.


Source: AAP

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« 2017-Apr-07, 08:14 PM Reply #1 »
Allegedly the trainer/driver arrested is small time Warwick based Dayle March......he has been around for some time and while I don't know him personally I  always thought he was pretty harmless and not very successful . I don't think he has had any standout pacers or for that matter many winners.
Obviously more to come...it'll be interesting to see the names of  the rest of the alleged race fixing gang.
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« 2017-Apr-07, 08:47 PM Reply #2 »
They're crooked up there.

I can 110% guarantee, hand on heart, swear on my child's life, walk into police station and sign a stat dec saying that the result of a group (or listed? I'm unsure how harness do their grading) race last year was known prior to the race. Not so much the end result (it still panned out the way it was suggested it was going to), but the favourite was never going to win.

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« 2017-Apr-08, 10:23 PM Reply #3 »
CM reports a second person Bart Cockburn has been arrested and charged with four counts of match fixing under the Criminal Code ....if convicted he faces serious time in Chokey...he is due to appear in court on May11 ....the alleged mastermind Dayl March is due to appear on May10 his charge arises out of race2 at AP on Nov12  last year where it is alleged March organised corruptly the outcome of the race in which the horse he drove ran 10th .....the race was won by Clockon Doc Lombo which was not involved in the investigation.

More arrests are likely according to Ross Barnett QRIC.boss.


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« 2017-Apr-09, 03:35 PM Reply #4 »
"More charges to come in harness race probe

THE harness race-fixing scandal has widened, with authorities identifying at least two more allegedly fixed races.

Police will allege harness trainer-driver Bart Cockburn, 27, who was charged with four race-fixing offences, was involved in a fix in three separate races from November last year, all at Brisbane’s Albion Park.

Cockburn was alleged to have participated in a fix on November 12 last year, when fellow driver-trainer Dayl March was also alleged to have been involved in an organised race result.

March was charged with the race-fixing offence under the Queensland Criminal Code earlier in the week.

It is understood while both March and Cockburn colluded to win the race on November 12, neither were able to pull off the alleged fix.

The Sunday Mail understands Cockburn’s charges also relate to a November 5 race in which he drove the fourthplaced Marty Bee, and a January 27, 2017, race in which he came second on Major Kiwi. Authorities say the alleged fixing charges did not always mean the accused was attempting to win the race.

Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett indicated there would be more charges to follow in the coming weeks as the investigation into the fixed races continues to evolve.

“This is an emerging picture,” he said.

“As we talk to more people and arrest more people, it will deepen our understanding of what is going on in the industry.

“Other people will be interviewed and p o t e n t i a l l y charged in the coming days and weeks.”

Part of the police investigation now and in the future will focus on betting activity that has accompanied the alleged fixing activity, where it may have occurred through either legal or illegal methods.

Bart Cockburn placed 5th in the 2015-16 drivers’ premiership race, steering home 100 winners in his 676 starts.

He amassed a total of more than $870,000 prize money for connections over the premiership season.



It is understood while both March and Cockburn colluded to win the race on November 12, neither were able to pull off the alleged fix.

Reminds me of  the Lavender Hill Mob..... :o

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« 2017-Apr-27, 11:08 AM Reply #5 »
It's and old story no news is good news but after announcing more charges to come in alleged race fixing cartel there's silence from QRIC as Denis Smith observed in his weekly bulletin:-

" In the wake of the sensational race fixing allegations of the last two weeks there has been something of a lull in proceedings. High sources, however claim that this is the tip of the iceberg. More is to come! If so  then harness racing in Queensland will most certainly be the eventual winner. No doubt there may be a further drop in turnover while the broom is sweeping clean, but, in due course, when punters can bet in the certain knowledge that all runners are trying to win, and the same punters are calculating the chances from a reliable and consistent form line, confidence and turnover will rise, and continue to rise. It’s called growth, and is one of the key factors that  first class integrity provides!!"

Of all the places mentioned where searches were carried out  one is a Brisbane suburb not like the other places mentioned which are recognised as trotting locations...while not familiar with the suburb itself I've never heard of any trotting trainer having stables or a training track there so whoever it is must be an associate rather than a licensee possibly a punter or maybe an owner.......one name I've heard mentioned is a surprise I haven't heard or seen him for yonks.

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« 2017-May-18, 11:07 PM Reply #6 »

Race fixing accused faces court

16th May 2017 4:26 PM

Dayl March has faced court in Brisbane.
Dayl March has faced court in Brisbane.
Michael Cormack

A WARWICK racing identity embroiled in a race fixing crackdown has fronted a Brisbane court.

Dayl March, 46, was charged with one count of harness race fixing on Thursday, April 6.

The trainer-driver was arrested following search warrants carried out by Queensland Racing Crime Squad detectives.

March was the first person to be arrested in a Queensland Racing Integrity Commission investigation that began last July.

His charge relates to Race 2 at Albion Park on November 12 last year, where it will be alleged he organised corrupt the outcome of that race.

Police alleged March was part of a "loose cartel” of drivers and trainers involved in race fixing.

The 46-year-old had his matter mentioned in the Brisbane Magistrates Court last Wednesday.

He was not required to enter a plea and his matter was adjourned until June 7.

His licence has been suspended while his matter is before the courts.

A 27-year-old man from Limestone Ridges in the Ipswich area was charged on April 7 with four counts of race fixing.
Warwick Daily News

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« 2017-Jul-30, 07:27 PM Reply #7 »
Charge of race fixing

POLICE have charged a third man in relation to alleged race fixing in the Queensland harness industry.

Michael Grant, of Redcliffe, appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday, charged with one count of receiving inside information and three counts of possessing tainted property.

It follows the arrests of Warwick man Dayl March and Limestone Ridges resident Bart Cockburn in April, on race-fixing charges.

Grant’s matter was listed for further mention on August 30.

Mick is number three to be charged I knew him many years ago when he worked for a leading trainer later he spent time in the USA...still no word on the resident of The Gap an outer Brisbane suburb.

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« 2017-Jul-30, 10:24 PM Reply #8 »

It is not just racing that is corrupt in the Sunshine State

.............. I would invite QLD to secede from Australia.................... they just do not belong.............. there is nothing there that I would want to be associated with.

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« 2017-Jul-30, 10:32 PM Reply #9 »
If there is nothing here that  "you would want to be associated with " then I have seriously underrated how great it is to live in the Sunshine State. Your incessant dribble on this and other forums makes us feel so blessed that you are domiciled in another State (both literally and figuratively in your case )

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« 2017-Jul-30, 11:11 PM Reply #10 »

Dean --- stay there -- while I get he paper work done to set you free!

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« 2017-Aug-02, 08:11 AM Reply #11 »

By David Fowler | Tuesday, August 1, 2017

David Fowler, with an extensive background in trotting, examines the QRIC “match fixing scenario” and its associated significance to the racing industry as a whole. David's blog 'My Call' appears exclusively on horseracingonly

The trots is getting an unfair rap over the “match fixing” arrests.

Make no mistake, a similar situation could easily hit thoroughbred racing if a whistleblower happens to tap in the Crimestoppers number.

Granted, trotting has had a tenuous grip on any high moral ground for sometime.

I make no apologies for that statement.

Its weakened state heralds from sins of the past when a powerful few manipulated the betting machinery of the business. Pick your state.

Thoroughbred racing can absorb its crooks because of its size and diversity.

In contrast, the little pond of trotting was left looking like a deer in the headlights when the corrupters were either caught or moved on.

This was a seventies and eighties thing and the business has never seriously recovered to wear any badge of honour.

Punters have long memories and unforgiving ones.

But present participants are more likely to pull up a weed in their backyard than pull up one of their horses.

Even if you’re a “fair dinkum” form student and trying to lay a key fancy on Betfair, see how much you get matched for.

But the environment of trot bashing was created a long time before the “match fixing” bombshell was launched by QRIC in April.

On cue, all the emotive words got their run…arrests, charges, race fixing cartels etc etc.

And, just as on cue, the run-of-the-mill punter shakes his or her head sagely … ah “the old red hots” … no surprise there.

Hark back to April when the first two arrests were made, the mood created was intentionally marked volatile.

“More arrests to come in days and weeks,” they thundered. There has been one in the subsequent four months, a licencee who neither trains or drives.

I know the trio. Know them well. I described on radio the thought of one of them being arrested as akin to a “200-1 chance winning the Melbourne Cup”

Let me blunt. These charges by the letter of the law are likely to be correct.

But, as a racing enthusiast, you will be amazed when the full details of the “crimes” are released. Underwhelmed is the first word that comes to mind.

And, maybe, the trot bashers might be heard to remark “how can you be pinched for that ?”

Not just pinched, jailed.

See it’s a different ball game now. A new picture show has arrived in town.

There’s a number to ring, a sympathetic ear and a whole different and uglier set of rules to use.

And I’m not saying that is a bad thing either. There is an avenue to bell the cat on serious corruption.

The ultimate determinations of these cases will be keenly watched. They will be watershed moments in racing history.

What I am saying to the thoroughbred world, it will arrive on your doorstep sooner than later.ENDS

The above extract from Davie Fowler's blog on Horseracingonly which I'm inclined to agree with .....although on what is known it would be extremely doubtful IMO if there's any time in Chokey in the event the charges are sustained.

In the good old days of night trotting at Albion Park and other tracks there were plenty of opportunities for those in the know to bet with confidence.... it was rumoured that the treble races  were  organised .....my old mate who is no longer with us  owned a a few  pacers which were always trying ....one night without our knowledge his horse was declared the pea in a leg of the treble it won even though it  didn't need any help from the alleged fixers......in the same period it was rumoured that Friday night jockey and bookmaker get togethers were held to organise the results of selected races the following day....I think those days are behind us...although there appear to be the odd questionable ride or drive some of which escape attention from those whose job it is to apply the rules.

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« 2017-Oct-05, 08:34 AM Reply #12 »
FRONT PAGE in the Courier Mail today
Corrupt star’s explosive confession
A DISGRACED Queensland harness racing star has explosively claimed the sport is beset by backroom deals and race fixing, and “everyone’s doing it”.
Trainer and driver Barton Cockburn, who has pleaded guilty to criminal charges over making phone calls to other drivers where he arranged to “corrupt” harness races, claimed drivers regularly met to discuss their tactics and make pre-race arrangements. In a bombshell which will rock the industry, Cockburn’s lawyer Andrew Hanlon yesterday told Brisbane Magistrates Court: “The defence of ‘everybody’s doing it’ is no defence at all … however … this is precisely the situation in harness racing in Queensland.”
Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett described yesterday’s revelations of corruption throughout the industry as “distressing”.ENDS

Cockburn was fined $5K  as revealed  by further reporting inside the blurb........ he  had quite a bit of success last season he drove in 676 races for $871,000 for which he would have been entitled to 5% plus any slings ..I knew his dad Lawson a lovely fellow he  would be mortified  also  a sister Julie who joined the Police and another brother John a sad ending for the family with a long involvement in harness racing. Possibly young Bart fessed up and might have named some names could be a few nervous nellies hoping there's no knock on the door still no charges against the unidentified man from The Gap who is rumored to be in the centre of this lookalike "Lavender Hill Mob" the gang who couldn't shoot straight. :o

CM Editorial
No winners if racing is rotten
AS DEFENCE lawyer Andrew Hanlon told the Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday, pleading that everyone was committing a crime was no excuse for doing it but that was the submission he was making on behalf of his client.
The accused was former harness racing driver Barton Cockburn, who was admitting to fixing two races last November, crimes which attracted a fine of $5000.
It’s an extraordinary confession which Mr Hanlon outlined in great detail, including how race drivers would get together before races and discuss how the race was going to be run. “There is a fine line between what is deemed an acceptable level of gamesmanship and what is clearly a breach of the rules,” said Mr Hanlon, saying his client had crossed the line and was remorseful.
Cockburn, regarded as one of Queensland’s top five harness race drivers, not only had to pay fines but had his licence suspended indefinitely.
If Mr Hanlon’s claims represent what is happening in this sport, something needs to be done beyond watching a court case come and go.

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« 2017-Oct-05, 10:00 AM Reply #13 »

QRIC press release
Limestone Ridges man convicted of race fixing charges
4 October 2017
A 28-year-old Limestone Ridges man has been convicted in the Brisbane Magistrates Court of three counts
of match fixing in the harness racing industry.
Barton Cockburn pleaded guilty to committing the offences at the Albion Park Paceway in November 2016.
He was one of three people charged with match fixing offences in April this year by detectives from the
Queensland Racing Crime Squad after an investigation of match fixing allegations in the harness racing
The offences carry a maximum penalty of ten years imprisonment.
Mr Cockburn was fined $5,000 for all three offences.
His convictions were not recorded after the Court heard Mr Cockburn had no previous criminal history, was
remorseful and had been a prominent driver in the harness racing industry who had now lost his racing

Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner Ross Barnett said today’s result should put an end to industry
speculation about whether the Commission would be able to gather sufficient evidence to obtain
“I hope the fact that two of the three people we’ve charged so far have now pleaded guilty will be a
reflection of the evidence that was gathered in these matters,” he said.

Detective Inspector Michael Dowie, from the Organised Crime Squad, said Mr Cockburn’s guilty pleas
demonstrated the professionalism of the investigators attached to the Racing Crime Squad.

“They are committed to detecting serious criminal offences within the industries and not just the harness
code but all codes across racing and we will continue to act on information that’s been received,” Inspector
Dowie said.
The Racing Integrity Commissioner says investigations are ongoing.


More to come apparently there's a gap between when the first announcement was made insinuating there were a number of persons involved not just  the three charged Cockburn, Mick grant and Dayl March time marches on.

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« 2017-Oct-05, 04:51 PM Reply #14 »
Just to clarify Lawson is his Grandfather, Bart is Johns son and hes just bitter at the other few who were involved haven't been charged. Not everyones doing it at all, its only a few but the protected ones cant be touched.

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« 2017-Oct-06, 08:25 PM Reply #15 »
QRIC Bans Race Fixer for Life
6 October 2017
The Queensland Racing Integrity Commissioner has today announced he has cancelled the licence of
convicted race fixer Barton Cockburn and has also issued a notice to Mr Cockburn advising him he has
been warned off for life from all race tracks in Queensland.

“Mr Cockburn’s warning off applies to all three codes of racing – thoroughbreds, harness and greyhounds,”
Commissioner Ross Barnett said.

“The prosecution of Mr Cockburn should sound a clear warning to anyone wanting to undermine the
integrity of racing in Queensland that there will be serious consequences,” Commissioner Barnett said.

Mr Cockburn was one of three people charged with match fixing offences in April this year after the Racing
Crime Squad (RCS) investigated match fixing allegations in the harness racing industry.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to remind all racing participants that the Commission will step up its efforts to
ensure the integrity of the racing industry with the addition of two more officers to the Racing Crime Squad
(RCS) in the New Year,” Commissioner Barnett said.

“This will take the number of full time investigators attached to the RCS from four to six.”

The RCS was formed in partnership between the Commission and the Queensland Police Service and is
stationed full time at the QRIC’s Albion Park office.


LIFE .....crikey that's a stiff sentence obviously Bart has the right to challenge this penalty should he be so inclined ...the last LIFE sentence in harness racing that I can recall was when R J" Kanga" Smith king hit chief steward John Hackett one day at Ipswich trots ...fortunately for Kanga he received an amnesty when the Queen visited our shores and  he was still alive and kicking when I saw him last at Gordon Francis's funeral....maybe Bart will get lucky too.

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« 2017-Oct-08, 09:10 PM Reply #16 »
Google is a wonderful invention looking through some old TV shows The Big Country this segment on former leading NSW harness racing trainer/driver Chris Gleeson I wondered what happened to him after he and two others were given LIFE for cutting the hopples of his horse the favourite and spending a little over $10K on the superfecta naturally leaving his horse out the trio collected $33K but the TAB where the bet was placed identified Gleeson's brother or the other guy and the game was up when stewards tested the hopples which had been deliberately cut so the horse was pulled out of the race...after 14 years on the outer he's back and not everyone's happy about that.

Trains a small team of gallopers out of Hawkesbury but not yet back in the gig.



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« 2017-Oct-09, 09:27 AM Reply #17 »
According to press reports Bart Cockburn and Dayl March colluded to effect the outcome of R2 @ Albion Park on 12 Nov 2016.......nothing untoward from the film of the race Coburn on horse 4 Jackstarzzz never got hot finished last had broken gear March on horse 3  March With Ors came out fast then got the one one but did nothing stewards report follows.

SECTIONALS:  Mile Rate:  1.56.7     Lead Time:  4.0
                        First Quarter:  28.4   Second Quarter:  31.3         Third Quarter:  28.8       Fourth Quarter:
A pre race blood sample was taken from JACK STARZZZ.
Pre race urine samples were taken from CLOCKON DOC LOMBO and FOURS ENUF TAS.
MAJOR SCORE (P McMullen) raced three wide from the start to be positioned outside the leader at the 1200m.
MAJOR STRIKE (NZ) (T Dixon) was caught racing wide early before restraining to a rear position.
EPAULETTE (A Sanderson) led the three wide line from the 800m.
It was noted rounding the final turn until entering the home straight HEAR THE CALL (NZ) (G Dixon) was held up for clear running.
It was noted in the run to the finish near the 100m point SIR SEMPER FIDELIS (NZ) (P Matis) and MARCH WITH ORS (D March) locked stays for a short distance impeding both horses.
MONUMENTAL (NZ) (A Barnes) was held up at a vital stage over the concluding stages.
JACK STARZZZ (B Cockburn) completed this event with a broken near side hopple loop.  This gear was inspected and was found to be of a satisfactory standard and no further action was taken.
Due to the track visibility improving mudguards and splash sheets were removed.

Video of the program race 2.


Press reports also mention Cockburn's drives on Marty Bee on 5 Nov 2016 and Major Kiwi on 27 Jan 2017

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