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More Interviews Over McDonald Betting Inquiry
Racing NSW stewards have advised they will be conducting more interviews relating to the James McDonald betting inquiry after reviewing financial, wagering and communication records. McDonald has been charged by Racing NSW for allegedly placing a bet on star colt Astern last year. He has voluntarily stood himself down from all riding engagements pending the outcome of the investigation. Stewards announced they will be seeking interviews with a "number of parties", including Anthony Gardiner who has been barred from entering all racecourses and training facilities in NSW. Neither Gardiner nor his legal representative have responded to Racing NSW's request for an interview. Following interviews this week, Racing NSW will announce a date for the inquiry and hearing of the charge against McDonald. The 24 year-old McDonald has been charged under rule 83(d), which states that a jockey may not "bet or have any interest in a bet on any race, or contingency relating to Thoroughbred racing involving a race in which he is riding."