Second jockey is charged by Racing Victoria for betting offences

Australian jockey Daniel Schmitt has become the second rider to be charged by Racing Victoria for betting offences, after it was found that he had placed over 71 bets across a two-and-a-half period.

In February, apprentice jockey Chris Casareta was also charged with placing 6 bets on thoroughbred racing, something that is forbidden for Australian racers.

Racing Victoria stewards have issued one charge against Schmitt after an investigation was carried out into the number of bets wagered on thoroughbred horses between January 2016 and September 2018.

The case is due to be reviewed by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the coming weeks, with a date yet to be confirmed.

Australian Rules of Racing clause AR 115(1) stipulates: “A jockey or apprentice jockey must not: (c) bet, or have any interest in a bet, or facilitate a bet on any race.”

Stewards have alleged that Schmitt had made, and facilitated the making of 71 bets on thoroughbred horses, with the total amount wagered adding up to AU$2050 (£1107).

However, it has been confirmed that none of the bets placed were made in reference to races that Schmitt had taken part in.

The case is due to be reviewed by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in the coming weeks, with a date yet to be confirmed.

Schmitt has previously run in with the sporting regulators and officials, after being forced to produce two apologies for offensive tweets. Prior to this, in 2005 Schmitt received a nine month suspension in 2005 for giving false evidence during the Leone Chiara inquiry.

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