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Nikolic Stewards Seek More Phone & Bet Records
The Danny Nikolic probe "has taken another twist" with "another 2 high-profile racing identities ordered to surrender their phone & betting records to Racing Victoria stewards" reported The Herald-Sun. "One is believed to be a major punter & one of the state's most respected form analysts." Nikolic told the newspaper: "They're now looking at my friends . . . . friends who have nothing to do with my race-day rides or my requirements as a jockey. The whole thing is becoming very frustrating because the stewards are not giving any conclusions. They're wasting a lot of people's time." RV chairman of stewards Terry Bailey stated: "I've got no comment. This is an on-going inquiry." Victoria Jockeys' Association chief executive Des O'Keeffe commented: "We acknowledge the need for thorough & exhaustive stewards' inquiries, but it's a shame people's reputations are being damaged significantly while no really significant charges have been laid." Australian Jockeys' Association chairman Ross Inglis added: "This is really unacceptable. Regrettably this issue was leaked to the media before there was a formal inquiry really commencing. A considerable amount of damage has been done. What concerns me is the system we currently have in place allows for this to sit hanging over his (Nikolic's) head almost indefinitely."