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Clements, Alaimo & McFarlard Warned-Off Qld Tracks
Queensland Racing announced Neville Clements, Alessandro Alaimo & Kevin McFarland have been "warned-off all racecourses in Queensland". The action follows QR's investigation into "unusual betting" on a race at the Sunshine Coast on January 3, in which Baby Boom "started as short-priced favourite but finished a disappointing 4th". QR's bet monitoring system "immediately identified unusual betting with 3 punters heavily laying the horse on the Betfair betting exchange & stewards promptly opened an inquiry". The 3 punters were identified as Clements, Alaimo & McFarland; Clements & Alaimo "were found to have a long-standing relationship" with Baby Boom's trainer John Nikolic; & McFarland "was found to be connected to Alaimo". After taking part in an initial interview, Clements "failed to provide the assistance requested by stewards"; Alaimo & McFarland "refused to be interviewed & failed to provide any assistance as requested". Stewards determined the "refusal & failure to assist potentially affects the integrity of the thoroughbred racing industry & continued involvement in the industry by those that failed to assist represents an on-going danger. It was on that basis the punters were warned-off."