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Australian Racing Rocked By Major Scandal
Overnight, Australia's ABC News reported their current affairs program Four Corners "can reveal [Danny] Nikolic, at least one other leading jockey, a former trainer and several other well-known racing identities across Australia are under investigation by Victorian organised crime detectives for allegedly conspiring to fix the outcome of a race last year." Allied to the sensational allegations which will be aired on tonight's Four Corners, the report claims: "The suspected race fix was uncovered during the murder probe into former trainer Les Samba's murder, and is understood to have yielded participants a total of up to $200,000 in betting returns." With police today set to announce "a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest of Samba's killers" the ABC report also claims, "The suspected corruption being investigated involves race fixing, money laundering, tax fraud and tipping - where jockeys are paid secret commissions in return for giving punters inside information." To read the full report click on the link in this item.