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Nikolic Inquiry 3: Betfair Wagers By 3 Punters Admissable

Tuesday, 22nd June 2010

Judge Lewis also ruled that details of a Queensland inquiry into the horse Baby Boom (once trained by Nikolic's brother John) & the betting activities on Betfair by 3 punters (Neville Clements, Alessandro Alaimo & Kevin McFarland) were admissible. Clements, Alaimo & McFarland all laid Nikolic mounts to lose with betting exchange Betfair. Barrister Paul Holdenson (appearing for the Racing Victoria stewards) said the betting activity of Clements, Alaimo & McFarland on Betfair "followed either directly or indirectly from communication from Nikolic" & betting patterns of all 3 "exceeded their usual betting amounts". He said 3 horses laid by Clements on Betfair "where his risk exceeded $20,000" were all ridden by Nikolic & 3 of the 4 horses he laid for a risk of between $10,000 & $20,000 were ridden by Nikolic. He said all horses lost except one, which was laid for the place & ran a place. However Nikolic's barrister Richard Smith said there was no evidence of what the communication consisted of between Nikolic & Clements. The hearing continues today.

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