Inquiry hears of punter’s big win
P ROFESSIONAL S y d n e y punter Steve Fletcher collected a five-figure windfall following Essington’s success at Eagle Farm l ast month, an inquiry into the running and handling of Bold Glance has heard.
Racing Queensland stewards reopened their inquiry yesterday af t er ordering Bold Glance’s rider Bobby El-Issa to produce his recent mobile phone records after the Toowoomba sprinter was runner-up to Essington in the Listed Falvelon Quality.
Stewards raised their concerns with El-Issa’s riding action and vigour from the 300 metres, particularly in the final 75m.
Essington started $ 1.75 favourite in the 1200m feature while Bold Glance eased to $ 7.50.
Stewards also questioned Bold Glance’s trainer Norm Hilton as well as Fletcher who flew to Brisbane to attend the inquiry.
Chief steward Wade Birch tendered evidence from corporate bookmakers and betting agency Betfair.
The inquiry was told ElIssa was a friend of Fletcher who backed Essington to win $ 24,000 with corporate bookmakers and Betfair.
Written evidence was also tendered by Betfair which showed Fletcher had also laid Bold Glance at a risk of more than $ 20,000.
‘‘ We spoke on the telephone with Betfair’s Matt Clark and also had written evid e n c e f r o m h i m w h i c h showed Steve Fletcher had laid Bold Glance at a risk of over $ 20,000,’’ Birch said.
Fletcher produced evidence to the inquiry which showed his betting activities were consistent with his previous gambling history. The inquiry was adjourned until Monday week to allow Fletcher time to produce his phone records. Hilton has denied any wrongdoing.