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AJA Warns Nikolic Inquiry "Could Open Pandora's Box"

Thursday, 24th June 2010

Meanwhile the Australian Jockeys' Association says it is "keeping a very close eye" on the Danny Nikolic inquiry, with "fears its members could end up being effectively gagged by the Racing Appeals & Disciplinary Board," reported racenet.com.au. RADB chairman Judge Russell Lewis said the Nikolic proceedings "would have to draw a line on jockeys passing on information" to interested parties & "what kind of information would cross the line". AJA chief executive Ross Inglis warned the case had the "potential to open a Pandora's box" with regard to the manner in which jockeys & trainers conducted themselves "both in private & in the media". Inglis said he thought it would be "possible jockeys & trainers could restrict comments made to media outlets, as well as their personal friends" if the RAD Board finds Nikolic guilty of breaches of ARR 175 which relates to conduct prejudicial to the image & interests of racing. Inglis noted: "One view is it might end up where it is said the line is you can't suggest to anyone how your ride or rides might pan out. If that is the case, we might have to say to our members not to appear on TVN, for example. Once you speak, something will put a spin on it & take it to the next level. A lot of what is being said is nothing new to us, but it has the potential to have huge ramifications."

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