In­quiry hears of punter’s big win

Townsville Bulletin - - Bizfi Nd -

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.

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