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$1m Punter Steve Fletcher Faces Ban
Leviathan Sydney punter Steve Fletcher "who was Eddie Hayson's partner in the Great Greyhound Sting of 2005, could have his gambling operation crippled if found guilty of any involvement in the Bold Glance scandal today" reported The Daily Telegraph. Fletcher "who bookmakers say punts more than $1 million a week across racing & sports, has been charged by Racing Queensland stewards for allegedly being a party to jockey Bobby El-Issa not giving Bold Glance every chance of winning after backing the horse to lose a race at Eagle Farm on February 26". El-Issa was "slapped with a 2-year disqualification, but is currently appealing against the sentence, for not showing his usual vigour over the final 200m when Bold Glance was challenged by eventual winner Essington". Fletcher "could be warned-off racecourses around the country if found guilty; although he controls the majority of his business away from the track, the rules of racing state that disqualified persons are not allowed to place bets with any bookmaker or wagering operator by telephone or internet during their ban". The stewards' hearing convenes in Brisbane today & Fletcher told the newspaper: "We will wait & see what happens. I have handed over all my records to Queensland racing officials & it is in their hands now." During the stewards' initial investigation "it was alleged that Fletcher's top 10 lay bets on races in Queensland were all ridden by El-Issa, with all 10 losing".