Professional Punter Found Guilty Of Betting Scandal Involvement

April 21, 2011

Professional Punter Found Guilty Of Betting Scandal Involvement

The professional Sydney punter in the middle of the Bobby El-Issa betting scandal has been found guilty of involvement by Queensland stewards.

The inquiry, which took place in Brisbane on Wednesday, found punter Steve Fletcher was indeed a party to jockey Bobby El-Issa not allowing Bold Glance to run a proper race in the Listed Falvelon Quality at Eagle Farm on February 26, 2011.

Mr Fletcher had put a substantial amount of money on the eventual winner, Essington, as well as against Bold Glance, with online bookmaker Betfair after allegedly receiving information from El-Issa that Bold Glance would not be run to his merits.

Bobby El-Issa is in the process of appealing the two year riding ban be received for his participation in the offense.

In a statement released by Queensland stewards they said they had given “careful consideration to the explanation of Mr Fletcher in respect to the correlation identified by Betfair between Mr Fletcher’s lay bets and Jockey El-Issas rides.

“In the Stewards opinion the Betfair evidence leads to a strong inference that Mr Fletcher is in receipt of information from jockey El-Issa as to the prospects of specific mounts and, in particular, that he had the benefit of information from jockey El-Issa that Bold Glance would not try to defeat Essington.”

Mr Fletcher now faces the prospect of being banned from all Australian racecourses, as well as online betting operators.

Bold Glance, the horse that featured in the betting scandal, overcame past events to place third in the $2 million Doncaster Mile last Saturday.

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