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Qld Stewards Ban Nikolic-Clements Mare Baby Boom
Baby Boom, the Gold Coast-trained mare "embroiled in a stewards inquiry that led to commission agent Neville Clement & 2 other punters being warned-off racetracks, is now engulfed in another far-reaching probe," reported The Daily Telegraph. Queensland Racing stewards "have slapped an indefinite ban on Baby Boom racing, pending an inquiry into the bona fides of the training & ownership of the mare". Baby Boom (previously trained by John Nikolic, older brother of jockey Danny Nikolic) "landed a nation-wide plunge at her 1st start for Gold Coast trainer Annie Moir when she demolished rivals at the Gold Coast last Thursday". QR chief steward Wade Birch confirmed stewards have "opened an investigation & barred Baby Boom from racing until a conclusion had been reached". Stewards previously warned-off Clements & Gold Coast-based punters Alessandro Alaimo & Kevin McFarland following an investigation into Baby Boom's 4th-placing when favourite in a Sunshine Coast maiden on January 3.