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Nikolic Applies For QLD Licence

Tuesday, 25th August 2015

Disqualified rider Danny Nikolic has applied for a jockey licence in Queensland, reports the Gold Coast Bulletin. Racing Queensland chief steward Allan Reardon confirmed on Sunday that the controversial hoop had applied for a licence last month for when his ban expires in October. Nikolic was disqualified for 12 months after being found guilty of threatening Racing Victoria chief steward Terry Bailey and his family at the Seymour races in September 2012. His ban was then extended until midnight September 30, 2015 after he was found guilty of verbally abusing steward Wade Hadley at a VCAT hearing. One person who is in favour of the move is Nikolic's brother and former Gold Coast trainer John, who has urged Queensland racing officials to give his sibling a chance. "Chris Munce did jail time and (RQ) gave him a licence back, which I thought was the right thing," Nikolic said. "Most people would realise he has virtually no chance of getting a fair go in Melbourne and he likes the lifestyle up here and the weather." He added: "Everybody should be given a second chance, and three years is more than enough time out of the game." Nikolic's application is expected to be considered by the RQ licensing committee in the coming weeks.

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