Jenny - Clean

ONE-TIME leading jockey Danny Nikolic will be allowed to attend Victorian race meetings after a Supreme Court judge put a stay on the order banning him from entry.

PATRICK BARTLEY reports for FAIRFAX MEDIA that Victoria Police gave notice that they would withdraw an order banning Nikolic from racecourses after Justice John Dixon asked both legal teams to work to resolve the matter by next Wednesday. 

The order was put in place a fortnight ago by chief commissioner Graham Ashton.

Nikolic, a former champion apprentice, challenged the ban in the Supreme Court arguing he'd been denied natural justice. He claimed he was given no notice of the ban, that he had been denied the opportunity to object to it and was unaware of any evidence that had been tabled by the chief commissioner that led to the ban.

Lawyers acting for Victoria Police told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that they planned to revoke the order within seven days.

Nikolic had been barred from Crown Casino, a move rarely imposed. The Caulfield Cup-winning jockey has not ridden since September 2012 after being ousted for threats made against chief steward Terry Bailey and his family at a meeting at Seymour.

That suspension will end on Wednesday night.

But in another exceptional move, Racing Victoria have declined to re-licence Nikolic, claiming he is "not a fit and proper person" to be employed in the Victorian industry.

Queensland officials handed down a similar decision last week.

 

 

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