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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.

ENDS

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

Andrew Eddy@fastisheddy

19 May, 2020



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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