THE latest case against beleaguered Danny Nikolic will collapse if the appeals board decides it has no authority over the disqualified jockey.

MATT STEWART reports in the HERALD SUN that Thursday's Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board hearing into two misconduct charges against Nikolic was adjourned to a date to be fixed, with the board pondering whether Nikolic is bound by the rules of racing.

THERE are no concerns about an Australian Communications and Media Authority investigation into the suspension of three on-air staff at TVN this week.

CHRIS ROOTS reports in the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD that TVN acting chief executive Stephen Dole said Bruce Clark, Caroline Searcy and Dean Pettit had accepted they had made serious errors in judgment and engaged in gross misconduct.

However, Dole indicated it was simply ''a human resources matter'' within the organisation rather than ''cash for comment''. ''They have accepted their suspensions and at the end of three months they will return on the same conditions and wages,'' Dole said. ''I think that is where this will finish.''

KATHY O’Hara remembers the time, not so long ago, when the lady jockeys room was a lonely a place.

RAY THOMAS reports in the SYDNEY TELEGRAPH that these days she’s lucky to find a seat as the number of female riders surges to record levels. There are more than 100 apprentice jockeys riding in races across NSW and 53 per cent of them are women. Of the 150-plus wannabe jockeys just beginning their riding apprenticeship – but only allowed to compete in barrier trials – 63 per cent are female.

These are encouraging numbers in a sport often maligned as a male bastion.

A ThoroughVisioN Pty Ltd (TVN) investigation has determined that three TVN staff members engaged in serious misconduct.

The three staff members are Mr Bruce Clark, Ms Caroline Searcy and Mr Dean Pettit.

Interim TVN Chief Executive Officer, Mr Stephen Dole said that “the three staff members subsequently accepted that their employment with TVN would be suspended for 3 months, commencing on 14 June 2013 without pay”.

RACING Victoria and Premier Denis Napthine have today announced further enhancements to Victoria’s lucrative breeding and racing incentive scheme, VOBIS Gold.

The Premier has reaffirmed the Coalition Government’s four-year $6.8 million commitment to promote Victoria’s thoroughbred breeding industry and reward owners competing in this state.

SYDNEY trainers are threatening strike action after learning of Australian Turf Club plans to increase their stable rent bills and introduce key performance indicators that demand minimum success levels.

RAY THOMAS reports in the DAILY TELEGRAPH that NSW Trainers' Association chief executive Steve McMahon said he was inundated with call from trainers yesterday morning after learning stable rent bills at Royal Randwick, Rosehill and Warwick Farm will increase by up to 25 per cent.

"Trainers were talking about protests and strikes, they are very angry," McMahon said.

POLICE conducted a series of raids yesterday morning on the Melbourne properties of several licensed people in the Victorian racing industry.

ADAM SHAND and BRENDON CORMICK report in THE AUSTRALIAN that it is understood that the people whose addresses were raided, with the assistance of racing stewards, included at least three high-profile jockeys. The raids were part of a joint investigation with stewards into betting activities, police said.

It is understood that the raids were in response to information obtained by stewards that had proved to be baseless.

IN an EXCLUSIVE in THE DAILY TELEGRAPH, controversial bookmaker TOM WATERHOUSE has apologized and announced plans to immediately cut back on his advertising during rugby league telecasts on the Nine Network.


I AM sorry. I have listened to the PM and Australia and have made the call with Channel 9 to dramatically cut back on my advertising from tonight.

A $35 million blowout in costs to the Rosehill Grand Pavilion and stabling upgrades has led to the Australian Turf Club’s shock announcement of job cuts.

CHRISTIAN NICOLUSSI reports in the SYDNEY TELEGRAPH that more than 25 staffers are expected to be torpedoed next Monday as the struggling ATC comes to grips with an autumn carnival that fell well short of expectations.

The drawn-out Randwick makeover has already gone well over the $152 million budget set aside.

GAI Waterhouse could face further charges from More Joyous' autumn campaign after she was fined $5500 for failing to keep proper records and reporting a condition to stewards that could affect performance before last month's All Aged Stakes.

CHRIS ROOTS REPORTS in the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD that stewards will, however, investigate a record of More Joyous being lame on the Tuesday before she ran fifth in the Queen Of The Turf at Rosehill on April 6.

"The whole hearing is unfair. I have been treated like a third-rate person and my family has been dragged through the mud, through the mire," Waterhouse said.

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