Hyeronimus facing two-year ban for betting
Group 1-winning jockey Adam Hyeronimus could be facing a minimum two-year ban from riding if found guilty of betting-related offences on Monday.
Racing NSW stewards will deliver their determination on 32 charges levelled against Hyeronimus after a long-running investigation that began nearly two years ago.
If Hyeronimus is found guilty of any of the charges, stewards will then request submissions on penalty before reconvening in about two weeks to announce what sanction to impose on the jockey.
Jockeys found betting on racing or having an interest in a bet can be disqualified for not less than two years.
Hyeronimus, who has three rides at the Goulburn meeting on Monday, was initially charged in August last year but stewards delayed the hearing on legal grounds. There was a further delay due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Stewards issued 32 charges against Hyeronimus, including for allegedly having an interest in a $500 bet on Lucky Meteor who he rode to finish third at Canterbury on November 5, 2016. The jockey was also charged with allegedly having an interest in a $500 bet on Limbo Soul which he rode to win at Rosehill March 22, 2017.
Hyeronimus is also alleged to have had an interest in 29 bets on thoroughbred races between June 22, 2016 and January 21, 2019.
During a two-day stewards hearing earlier this month, Hyeronimus strenuously denied placing any bets and pleaded not guilty to the 32 charges which includes one of providing false or misleading evidence.
Stablehand Blake Paine, a cousin of Hyeronimus, admitted placing the 31 wagers that are the subject of the stewards inquiry but also pleaded not guilty to the charges levelled against him of facilitating bets for the jockey.
Hyeronimus has been in career-best form this year, scoring a breakthrough Group 1 win on Shout The Bar in the Vinery Stud Stakes during the Golden Slipper Festival back in March.
KENSINGTON TRACK CONDITION UNFAIR
Punters, trainers, jockeys and owners deserved better than the racing surface provided at the Randwick Kensington track last Saturday.
Most accept there will be an element of bias on heavy winter tracks but Kensington bordered on the unfair.
This was the worst kind of track bias, too, where those on speed and close to the inside rail were hugely advantaged.
Any horses wider than three off the fence in the straight basically couldn't make ground late in the race.
Jockeys quickly realised where the fast lane was but not every horse can get on the inside rail.
The way the track played was totally opposite to the previous meeting on the Kensington track on July 1 where most of the winners needed to be wide out on the straight.
The rail was out 4m that day and back to the true on Saturday but it was like two different racetracks.
Track preparation is not an exact science and the situation has been exacerbated this year with more rainfall in Sydney so far than all of 2019.
There are no easy solutions but perhaps consideration should be given to switching some Sydney Saturday race meetings to an alternative venue like Newcastle during the winter months.
HORSES PLAYING FAVOURITES?
Some horses just run for certain jockeys like Cejay Graham and Madam Legend, and Kathy O'Hara and Spaceboy.
Graham has never lost a race on Madam Legend, winning each of her four rides on the filly. It's the same with O'Hara, four rides for four wins on Spaceboy. No other jockey has been able to win a race on either sprinter.
MIRUNNER AT EVEREST DAY?
MiRunner have been in discussions with the Australian Turf Club to host up to 4000 of their micro-slot owners on Everest Day.
"I've spoken with ATC and we are looking to have a marquee situated around the 300m on Everest Day for MiRunners,'' said chief executive Steve Brown.
"We are expecting to have up to 4000 people to be with the MiRunners horse in The Everest.''
MiRunners chief executive Steve Brown said there are only about 300 of the 1000 micro-slots left unsold for the big race, run at Royal Randwick on October 17.
The public can buy into the Everest with an $880 investment in the MiRunners Everest micro-slots.
MiRunners hasn't selected their Everest runner yet although there has been speculation about Queensland's brilliant two-year-old Rothfire.
"We want to look at how he and the other good sprinters resume in the new season,'' Brown said.
HAS BERRY GOT POST-JOCKEY CAREER SORTED?
Tommy Berry is an outstanding jockey and should have another two decades of success in the saddle but if he is looking for a career change one day, then he is well qualified to be a form student.
Berry took to social media last week to announce he will ride the Mitchell Beer-trained Redouble in the $1.3 million The Kosciuszko at Randwick on October 17 if the sprinter makes the field.
The star jockey then gave a detailed summary of Redouble's form, providing a compelling case why the horse should nominated for The Kosciuszko.
Every runner in The Kosciuszko field is nominated by a winner of the Kosciuszko sweepstakes who also get a share in the prizemoney. Tickets for the Kosciuszko sweepstakes are available for sale through the TAB App and at TAB venues.
TE AKAU SHARK ON MEND AFTER SURGERY
Trainer Jamie Richards has confirmed multiple Group 1 winner Te Akau Shark is on the mend after recent eye surgery but won't be ready to race again until next autumn.
"It's frustrating as we have looked after him and felt this (spring) was going to be his best preparation,'' Richards said.
"But after the eye operation he then contracted an infection but he is over that now.
"We are going to give him a month off in the spelling paddock then bring him home to New Zealand. He won't race again until autumn.''
The champion New Zealand trainer will still have a presence in Sydney this spring with 10-time Group 1 winner Melody Belle and classy Probabeel.
Melody Belle had an exhibition gallop between races at the Kensington meeting last Saturday and Richards said the mare is being readied for the Group 2 Missile Stakes on August 8 then the Group 1 Winx Stakes two weeks later.
Richards said Probabeel will have two barrier trials then resume in either the Show County Quality or Toy Show Quality at the Winx Stakes meeting.
Originally published as Hyeronimus facing two-year ban for betting