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O.P. « 2020-Apr-27, 06:37 PM »


Top Melbourne jockey Ben Melham has been charged with placing thousands of dollars in bets on thoroughbred racing through a betting account operated by his partner.
Stewards alleged Melham placed bets through an account in the name of Karlie Dales, a registered owner, between July and September last year.
Melham was also charged with giving false or misleading evidence when stewards questioned about depositing money into Ms Dales’ account.
Two of the charges relate to Melham allegedly facilitating bets on his own rides to win races at Sandown and Geelong last year.
Melham allegedly outlaid $1850 via Dales’ betting account on three of his rides – Heirborn, Al Dorama and Shot Of Irish – to win races at Sandown on July 24 last year.
Al Dorama ran third at $8.50 in a Benchmark 70 race while Shot Of Irish ran a close second as a $3 favourite. Heirborn was scratched.
Stewards have also alleged Melham facilitated a bet through an associate on his mount Orleans Rock winning at Geelong on September 1, 2019.
Orleans Rock firmed from $7 to $5.50 before scoring easily at Benchmark 64 level.
Other charges relate to Melham placing almost $20,000 in bets on races at Sandown, the Sunshine Coast and Singapore in which he was not riding.
It is important to note that none of the charges relate to Melham betting against his own rides.
Stewards also charged Dales with giving false or misleading evidence when she allegedly claimed she was the only one that put money into her betting account.
The Victorian Racing Tribunal will hear the charges on a date to be fixed.
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« 2020-Apr-28, 10:01 AM Reply #1 »
As I've said before all jockeys should be forced to have some of their riding fees on their mount.

Don't Bet, Don't Ride.

That'd be the motto.

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« 2020-Apr-28, 01:04 PM Reply #2 »


A jockey having a bet -- is not automatically an offense


                                   Ben Melham has been charged in relation to betting offences

It is well past time that the racing industry matured to accept reality.

Jockeys offer opinions, including privately

................... anyone benefiting would be wise to respect and honor a winning tip.

It is fanciful to think that a jockey would not talk to a partner in a joint-venture.

No one is talking 'open slather' with conflicts of interest -- just normal freedoms alone and with family and friends.

RVL has substantial integrity issues on its own account to deal with before getting lost in matters of no real consequence.

What would we all do if a jockey answered a question -- which of your rides is most likely to win?



https://www.punters.com.au/news/melham-hit-with-betting-charges_190216/

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« 2020-Apr-28, 01:28 PM Reply #3 »
Jockey Ben Melham and partner charged with betting-related activities

Leading jockey Ben Melham has been hit with a string of charges over bets totalling more than $21,000. See what Racing Victoria is alleging and why his partner is also in hot water.
Leo Schlink and Russell Gould, Herald Sun
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Leading jockey Ben Melham is facing a lengthy ban from racing for betting-related offences amid allegations by Racing Victoria stewards he used his girlfriend’s account to place more than $14,000 in bets in a single day.

Stewards on Monday completed an extensive investigation into the Group 1-winning jockey, who won the VRC ST Leger on Saturday when he rode Sacramento to a narrow victory at Flemington.

Melham, 32, was hit with seven charges relating to 31 bets made from March to September last year totaling over $21,000, including four bets allegedly made on horses he rode.

One of those, Orleans Rock, won a race at Geelong last September after Melham allegedly placed bets through his partner, Karlie Dales, who was also charged by stewards.

Melham and Dales, a registered owner, were both charged for giving false or misleading evidence when questioned by stewards last September.

The Herald Sun believes evidence, possibly video footage, obtained from a betting company is central to the case against Melham.

One charge relates to Melham attending a hotel in August last year and allegedly supplying money to someone who then placed five bets totaling $2114 on races in Singapore.

Melham has also been accused of placing significant sums of money in the account of Dales, from which he then bet on multiple occasions.

In a single four-and-a-half hour spree on March 30 last year, when Melham was sidelined with a wrist injury, it’s alleged the Group 1 winner placed $3000 in his partner’s account and then made 20 bets totaling $14,600.



The case against Melham will be heard by the Victorian Racing Tribunal at a date to be fixed.

In 2010 Melbourne Cup-winning rider Blake Shinn was disqualified for 15 months and Peter Robl for 12 months following revelations they bet more than $300,000 over a two-year period.

Champion jockey Damien Oliver was also banned for 10 months in 2012 for placing a single $10,000 bet on a horse he rode.

Most of the bets allegedly made by Melham were placed made when he was sidelined for three months in March last year after suffering multiple fractures in his left wrist following a bad fall when Voodoo Lad collapsed and fell in the William Reid Stakes at The Valley.

He successfully returned to race riding in June after surgeons inserted several screws and a plate in his wrist.

Melham is currently fifth on the Victorian metro jockey’s premiership.

He has ridden 1171 winners, including 17 at Group 1 level, since starting his career in 2003.

His first major win came aboard Black Caviar when he guided the champion mare to her first Group 1 success in the 2010 Patinack Farm Classic at Flemington.

Originally apprenticed to disqualified trainer Darren Weir, Melham transferred to Lee Freedman before climbing through the riding ranks as one of the most sought-after jockeys in Victoria.

THE CHARGES

1. Through the betting account of his partner Karlie Dales, Melham placed a $500 win bet on Venezuela at Sandown on March 27, 2019. Venezuela ran unplaced. Melham wasn’t riding.

2. On March 30, 2019, Melham placed $3000 in the account of Karlie Dales at a hotel and then facilitated and/or had an interest in the making of, 20 bets totaling $14,600 on thoroughbred horse races between approximately 1.18pm and 5.36pm. Melham wasn’t riding.

3. On May 19, 2019, through Karlie Dales’ betting account, Melham placed a two-legged multi bet to the value of $2,500, one leg of which included Amazingly, which ran at the Sunshine Coast that day. The other leg of the bet was not a thoroughbred horse race. Melham wasn’t riding.

4. On 23 July 2019, through Dales’ betting account, Melham placed bets to the value of $1,850 on thoroughbred horses Heirborn, Al Dorama and/or Shot of Irish running at Sandown the next day. Melham rode Al Dorama, which finished third, and Shot of Irish, which ran second. Heirborn was scratched.

5. On August 18, 2019, Melham made, facilitated and/or had an interest in the making of five bets totaling $2114 on thoroughbred horse racing in Singapore, when he attended a hotel and supplied cash to someone who placed those bets.

6. On or prior to 1 September 2019, through an associate, Melham facilitated bets for Dales on Orleans Rock, which Melham rode to victory at Geelong that day.

7. Evidence Melham gave in an interview with stewards on 3 September, 2019 about placing cash into Dales’ betting account was false and/or misleading.

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Based on precedents it's difficult to imagine  that the outcome will be different to what the authors of the above article predict ...the only question is how long will he get.

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« 2020-Apr-28, 03:20 PM Reply #4 »
Great ride on Sacremento in the St Leger. Most jockeys would have got been on that.

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« 2020-Apr-28, 04:02 PM Reply #5 »
Lengthy betting bans in place
 
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Leading jockey Ben Melham faces a prolonged period on the sidelines if he is found guilty of betting in a race in which he rode.

Under ARR 115 (1) (e), a jockey faces a minimum mandatory two-year disqualification if found guilty of betting in a race where they rode, although there is a clause that addresses potential 'special circumstances' where the ban could be reduced to a period shorter than two years.

The penalties attached to ARR 115 (1) (e) were changed in March 2013, just a few months after Damien Oliver received a 10-month suspension for betting $10,000 on winning horse Miss Octopussy in a race in which he rode.

That change in the rules was reflected in 2016 when James McDonald was banned for 18 months for having a $1000 winning bet on his mount Astern.

Racing Victoria's integrity chief Jamie Stier told RSN927 on Tuesday that the rule regarding betting by a jockey in a race where they rode was separated from the charge under 115 (1) (c), where a jockey is found to have bet in a race where they did not participate.

"Things have evolved over time," Stier said. "Post the Damien Oliver case, there was consideration given to the appropriateness of penalty regime in place at that time and changes were put in place and that led to James McDonald being given an 18-month disqualification.

"The one charge under part (e) of that rule carries a mandatory minimum penalty of a disqualification of two years but there is a provision in the rules where if the VRT consider special circumstances exist they can take those into consideration when applying what they believe to be the appropriate penalty."

Melham also faces five other betting charges, as well as the charge of giving false evidence at a stewards' inquiry last September.

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« 2020-May-20, 10:16 AM Reply #6 »
Melham to plead not guilty

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Jockey Ben Melham and his partner Karlie Dales are set to plead not guilty to a number of betting charges following a directions hearing in Melbourne on Tuesday morning.

Melham and Dales were last month issued with a total of seven charges for alleged illegal betting offences from March through to September last year.

No date has been set for the hearing before the Victorian Racing Tribunal, but the matter is most likely to be set down to be heard at the County Court in Melbourne.

A date for that hearing will be set at a second directions hearing on July 14.

It was established on Tuesday that the hearing of the charges is likely to last up to three days, with approximately eight witnesses required. The defendants will submit an outline of evidence by June 30.

The charges issued to Melham and Dales are detailed below:

Charge One:

On 27 March 2019, through his partner Karlie Dales' betting account, Melham placed a $500 win bet on the thoroughbred horse Venezuela racing in Race 7 at Sandown that day. Venezuela ran unplaced and Melham was not riding at the time.

Charge Two:

On 30 March 2019, Melham facilitated and/or had an interest in the making of, 20 bets totaling $14,600 on thoroughbred horse races between approximately 1:18pm and 5:36pm on 30 March 2019, as a result of him initially placing $3000 cash into Dales' betting account at a hotel at approximately 11:42am that day. Melham was not riding at the time.

Charge Three:

On 19 May 2019, through Dales' betting account, Melham placed a two-legged multi bet to the value of $2500, one leg of which included the thoroughbred horse Amazingly, which ran in Race 8 at the Sunshine Coast that day. The other leg of the bet was not a thoroughbred horse race and Melham did not ride at the Sunshine Coast that day.

Charge Four:

On 23 July 2019, through Dales' betting account, Melham placed bets to the value of $1850 on thoroughbred horses Heirborn, Al Dorama and/or Shot Of Irish, all of which were running the next day at Sandown in Races 2, 6 and 8 respectively, and to be ridden by Melham.

On 24 July 2019, Melham rode Al Dorama and Shot Of Irish at Sandown in Races 6 and 8 respectively. Heirborn was scratched that morning.

Charge Five:

On 18 August 2019, Melham made, facilitated and/or had an interest in the making of, five bets totaling $2114 on thoroughbred horse racing in Singapore, when he attended a hotel and supplied cash to someone who placed those bets. Melham did not ride in Singapore at the time.

Charge Six:

On or prior to 1 September 2019, through an associate, Melham facilitated bets for Dales on Orleans Rock, which ran in Race 9 at Geelong that day.

Orleans Rock won the race and was ridden by Melham.

Charge Seven:

Contrary to AR 232(i), evidence given by Melham at a 3 September 2019 interview about placing cash into Dales' betting account was false and/or misleading.
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They are not going down without a fight with the possibility of facing a two year disqualification if proven guilty ya can't blame him for making the best defence possible.

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« 2020-Jun-03, 08:31 AM Reply #7 »
This below from racenet. The penalties seem disproportionate compared to what Melham faces but Stokes seemed to be unaware and he is not a trainer or jockey.

https://www.racenet.com.au/news/son-of-group-i-trainer-fined-for-laying-his-father-s-horses-20200602

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« 2020-Jul-15, 08:59 AM Reply #8 »
MELBOURNE Jul 14 2020

Jockey Ben Melham can continue to ride in races while facing betting-related charges totalling thousands of dollars.

Victoria Racing Tribunal chairman Judge John Bowman has set aside three days, from September 21 to 23, for the case to be heard in the County Court.

Melham faces six Racing Victoria stewards charges over bets made during a six-month period last year along with one of giving misleading evidence during an interview last September.

The VRT held a directions hearing on Tuesday and indicated another may be held prior to the commencement of the matter in the County Court.

Melham was charged by stewards in late April and has continued riding since, landing a double at The Valley on Sunday and also at Flemington on July 4.

He has one ride at Cranbourne on Wednesday.
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Three days set for the hearing indicates it'll be a long winded journey a word fest  quite a lot at stake here his livlihood is at risk  expect substantial legal submissions, evidence, witnesses for the defence and prosecution on what many might have thought is an open and shut case .......would like to be in a position to view proceedings by a live stream if it could be arranged...not too difficult to do if the VRT had a mind to do it. 

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« 2020-Jul-15, 02:03 PM Reply #9 »
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Melham's solicitor has asked for the hearing to be held in secret. Judge Bowmans has said he is not inclined to agree but will conder.

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« 2020-Jul-18, 07:35 PM Reply #10 »
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Melham's solicitor has asked for the hearing to be held in secret. Judge Bowmans has said he is not inclined to agree but will conder.

Star Chamber wouldn't go down well with the viewers ........ as far as I know since the VRT was established  Judge Bowman has held open hearings.

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« 2020-Oct-08, 10:32 AM Reply #11 »
VRT found Ben Melham  not guilty for having  a bet on Singapore races outside jurisdiction other charges still to be determined .

https://www.racenet.com.au/news/group-1winning-jockey-exonerated-on-rules-interpretation-20201007


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« 2020-Dec-23, 09:16 AM Reply #12 »
Ben Melham has finally made it to the VRT and has pleaded guilty to some of the charges of placing bets .......those bets were not in races he has ridden in...potentialy he has avoided a two year mandatory penalty and the penalty submissions are now exercising the minds of the learned members of the tribunal.

Media reports on proceedings to date.

"Melham pleads guilty to betting charges
 
Ben Melham pleaded guilty to four betting offences. Pictu Racing Photos via Getty Images
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Mitch Cohen 3:52PM21 December 2020
Group 1 winning hoop Ben Melham has pleaded guilty to more than half the charges laid against him on day one of a high profile hearing into betting offences before the Victorian Racing Tribunal on Monday.
The hearing, scheduled to be heard over three days, was adjourned just minutes into the opening day when Melham’s representative Dermot Dann told the Tribunal the star jockey would plead guilty to four charges.
Melham is accused of having a stake in bets placed mainly through his partner Karlie Dales account in races he was riding in and races he wasn’t involved in last year.
No plea was entered on the more serious offences of charges 4 and 6, which relate to allegations that Melham was betting on races he was involved in.
Jockeys found guilty of betting on races in which they were directly involved face a mandatory minimum penalty of two years.
However, Melham did plead guilty to three betting related charges on Monday as well as a fourth relating to providing false or misleading evidence to stewards.
The three betting charges relate to offences between March 27 and May 19, 2019 where Melham is alleged to have had wagers totalling $17,600 on races he was not riding in.
 
The bulk of that spend relates to the second betting charge where Melham had an interest in 20 bets totalling $14,600 over a four-hour period on March 30 after initially placing $3000 in cash in Dales’ betting account.
A charge under AR 232(i) for false evidence was issued against Melham for an interview conducted with the hoop back in September last year while a false evidence charge against Dales was withdrawn.
A further betting charge, relating to five bets of $2114 in total on Singapore in August, 2018, was scrapped in October as Australian rules of racing do no explicitly prevent a jockey betting overseas.
Melham was first slapped with seven charges at the end of April this year but has been free to ride throughout the year, including the Melbourne Spring Carnival, until his case was heard.
The case has been marred by long delays, largely due to COVID-19 restrictions, however it is hoped Monday’s guilty pleas will ensure a swift finalisation of the matter.
The hearing is scheduled to resume at 2:15pm (AEDT) on Tuesday for penalty submissions."

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"Ben Melham has avoided the prospect of a mandatory two-year ban but Racing Victoria stewards are pushing for the star jockey to rubbed out for eight months for a string of betting offences.

Melham fronted the Victorian Racing Tribunal on Tuesday for day two of a hearing into a betting charges laid against him in April this year.

The 32-year-old pleaded guilty to four charges — three betting offences and a fourth for providing false evidence — on day one but had no case to answer for the two most serious charges of betting in races he was involved in.

Stewards withdrew the charges (4 and 6), which would have seen a two-year ban imposed if Melham was found guilty.

The three offences Melham has been found guilty of relate to races he didn’t ride in between March 27 and May 19, 2019, where he placed bets totalling $17,600 on races through his partner Karlie Dales’ account.

A charge under AR 232(i) for false evidence was issued against Melham for an interview conducted with the hoop in September last year, with a similar charge against Dales withdrawn on day one.

Stewards believe Melham should be banned for four months for both the betting and false evidence offences for a period totalling eight months.

Racing Victoria’s legal representative Albert Dinelli stressed at the hearing that the sentence “ought to be more than a slap on the wrist”.

“The wider public is entitled to expect — punters, persons who are interested in horse racing — that thoroughbred racing in Victoria is conducted in such a way that integrity is maintained,” he said.

“Stewards contend, and the pleading of guilty recognises, that Mr Melham’s conduct is contrary to that.”

Melham’s lawyer Dermot Dann said the jockey had accepted he would need to spend some time out of the saddle for his indiscretions.


However, Dann was adamant a suspension rather than a lengthy ban was the appropriate cause of action for the charges.

“A suspension has commonly and regularly been imposed in respect to these charges,” Dann said.

Dann discussed the impact a lengthy ban would have on Melham and his young family and indicated a suspension of four months would be a more appropriate sentence.

The Victorian Racing Tribunal will deliver a verdict at 11am on Wednesday.

The case has dragged on for the bulk of 2020, largely because of difficulties due to COVID-19, after the charges were initially laid against Melham in late April this year.

Melham was able to continue to ride until the case was heard, winning the Group 2 Crystal Mile on Homesman on the same day he finished runner-up on Armory in the Cox Plate at the Valley.

It came shortly after a seventh charge relating to five bets of $2114 in total on Singapore races in August, 2018, was scrapped as Australian rules of racing do no explicitly prevent a jockey punting on overseas races."

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He will l know his fate this morning......how long a holiday will he get 4 months 8 months who knows. :whistle:


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« 2020-Dec-23, 01:33 PM Reply #13 »
5 months disqualification

Jockey Ben Melham has been found guilty by the Victorian Racing Tribunal over his betting activities in 2019.
Collectively has been given a five month disqualification.
Charge 2 - 3 months
Charges 1/3 bets - 1 month concurrent
Charge of false information - 2months cumulative.

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« 2020-Dec-23, 06:32 PM Reply #14 »
DQ'd for 5 months for betting ...while it's against the rules it seems that racing regulators regard betting as a more serious offence  than pulling one up ......not that there have been many of those or at least any that the stewards saw in all jurisdictions.

Ben Melham & Karlie Dales, Racing Victoria Hearing, 21, 22, 23 December 2020 (DOCX 161.78 KB)


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