Rider agent disqualified for six months by Racing NSW stewards

A prominent Sydney jockey manager has been banned for six months for betting on races that hoops he represented were riding in.

John Walter pleaded guilty at a Racing NSW Stewards inquiry on Tuesday to a charge of LR71A which prohibits rider agents from having an interest in a bet in a race where one of their jockeys is riding.

Stewards found Walter had an interest in 25 bets in five NSW races.

Walter was until recently the manager of Sydney jockeys Josh Parr and Tim Clark, who both sit in the top-10 of the 2020/21 metropolitan premierships but parted ways with the agent earlier this year.

Parr and Clark joined the stable of Tye Angland as their agent on the eve of The Championships. It is not suggested that either jockey were involved.

Stewards took into account Walter’s guilty plea, his personal and professional circumstances as well as his clean record when determining the severity of his sentence however it was deemed a serious offence.

Walter’s disqualification begins on June 7 and will expire on December 7. He can appeal the severity of the sentence.

Meanwhile, trainer Greg Hickman also copped a $6000 fine after his runner Tudor Music returned a positive swab to the prohibited substance Flunixin, an anti-inflammatory.

It came after Tudor Music finished 15th in the Group 3 P J Bell Stakes with Stewards finding the positive swab was most likely caused by stable contamination from another horse being treated by the drug.

Originally published asSydney jockey agent banned for betting offences

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