Champion jockey Danny Nikolic will not be charged: Victoria Police
MARK BUTTLER HERALD SUN JULY 15, 2013 2:28PM
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CHAMPION jockey Danny Nikolic will not be charged after a police investigation into explosive race-fixing claims.
Nikolic and his horse trainer brother John have been the subject of a major inquiry by organised crime detectives
into allegations a race at Cranbourne was fixed in April, 2011.
The race, won by Nikolic’s mount Smoking Aces, wound up the at the centre of inquiries by police and racing
A brief of evidence by Purana taskforce detectives was submitted last year to the Office of Public Prosecutions.
The OPP’s advice was that there was insufficient evidence to lay charges.
The scandal sent shockwaves through the racing industry but John Nikolic told the Herald Sun he never doubted there would be no prosecution.
He said it was too late for his brother, whose riding career had been destroyed.
“His reputation’s been absolutely trashed,” John Nikolic said.
“We’re vindicated but you have to be annoyed that your reputation can be totally trashed. To date, not one fact
has come to light supporting any allegations.”
Allegations the Cranbourne race was rigged surfaced during a homicide squad investigation into the 2011 murder of racing identity Les Samba months earlier.
Mr Samba’s daughter, Victoria, was formerly married to Nikolic.
A Victoria Police statement issued today said: “Detectives from Purana Taskforce have completed a thorough
investigation into allegations of race fixing and money laundering in relation to a number of horse races in 2011
“On advice from the Office of Public Prosecutions, no charges will be laid.
“Where legislation permits, and on advice from the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office, Victoria Police
will supply documentation to the Office of the Racing Integrity Commissioner to assist their investigation into
John Nikolic on Sunday trained his first winner since the reinstatement of his trainer’s licence when Hour of Peril
saluted in the Maclean Cup at Grafton in northern New South Wales.
He said he and his brother would not contemplate any kind of legal action.
“My brother’s seen more than enough courts,” John Nikolic said.