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Brothel Mogul Gives $1m Colt To Bookie

Friday, 18th December 2009

Struggling "under a mountain of debt of more than $1 million, Sydney brothel owner & renowned punter Eddie Hayson has given away his last racehorse to a bookmaker," reported The Daily Telegraph. Just weeks after it emerged Hayson "owed bookie Tom Waterhouse more than $1 million", the newspaper revealed Hayson "has offered ownership of boom colt Wanted to the Sportsbet corporate bookmaking agency in the Northern Territory". A Sportsbet executive "applied to Racing NSW by email this week to have the horse's registration papers changed to his name in time for the lucrative spring carnival". Contacted about the deal last night, Sportsbet chief executive Matthew Tripp "initially said he could not make any comment for 24-48 hours"; he "later denied any knowledge of the deal". The newspaper also revealed Melbourne bookmaker Michael Eskander "has launched legal action in the Victorian Supreme Court to recover more than $300,000 owed to him by Hayson". Only 12 months ago, Hayson "sold 24 of his horses on the Gold Coast to build a $1.9 million carnival betting war chest". Juvenile colt Wanted (Fastnet Rock-Fragmentation, by Snippets) "has already won a Group race (March's Gr3 Kindergarten Stakes over 1100m at Randwick, plus placed in the Listed Canonbury Stakes & 10th in the Gr1 Golden Slipper) & is worth $1 million". He was tranferred from trainer John O'Shea's Randwick stables in Sydney recently & sent to Peter Moody at Caulfield in Melbourne; Moody last night said he was unaware of the change of owners & noted he has never spoken to Hayson, adding: "The only person I've spoken to is his manager Mick Fagan, who contacted me about training the horse. He's had a couple of little gallops & I couldn't form an opinion based on that. But he is a nice horse who is well bred." (Jul 29)

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