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TOM Waterhouse is taking political advice from the president of the NSW Liberal Party.

HEATH ASTON reports in THE AGE that the 30-year-old bookmaker, who this week refused to front a federal parliamentary committee into gambling advertising, is being represented in Canberra by Chris Downy.

THE Communications Minister, Stephen Conroy, brokered a deal with the television industry to allow betting companies to continue spruiking live odds during sports broadcasts, despite the growing public backlash against the spread of gambling culture.

HEATH ASTON reports in THE AGE that Senator Conroy has said repeatedly that sports fans are having live odds ”pushed down their throats” – but Fairfax Media has learnt the minister personally set out a framework to enable bookmakers to appear in football and other sporting coverage.

TOM Waterhouse should ''embrace'' a plan by authorities to tighten controls around his business' links to his mother Gai's horse training operation, as it would protect his reputation, too, Racing NSW boss Peter V'landys said on Tuesday.

LISA DAVIES & KATE MCCLYMONT report for the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD that as the fall-out over the More Joyous inquiry continues, Mr V'landys revealed a Racing NSW board meeting would discuss a raft of changes following a thorough examination of what had taken place.

Stewards are still waiting for brothel owner Eddie Hayson to provide the names of the two sources he claimed told him More Joyous had neck problems and to avoid betting on her.

At Monday's racing inquiry, Mr Hayson asked if he could talk to the two sources before providing their names to stewards.


THE privacy of a friend and a long professional relationship with jockey Damien Oliver gave trainer Robert Smerdon no cause to question or inquire as to the purpose of an $11,000 cash payment he passed to the jockey following Oliver's infamous illegal bet on Miss Octopussy in October 2010, the Victorian Civil and Administrative tribunal (VCAT) was told in an appeal hearing on Monday.

MICHAEL SHARKIE reports in the MELBOURNE AGE that Smerdon is charged with acting in a manner prejudicial to the image of racing for his part in the Oliver scandal and faces a $10,000 fine by the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board in February. Mark Hunter, the man who arranged the bet for Oliver, escaped penalty and was granted concessions by Racing Victoria stewards for his evidence in relation to the matter.

TWO men have been charged after allegedly administering performance enhancing substances to the winner of this year’s Tamworth Cup.

Strike Force Trentbridge – comprising detectives from the Firearms and Organised Crime Squad’s Casino and Racing Investigation Unit – was formed to investigate allegations of race fixing in NSW.

As a result of strike force inquiries, detectives unveiled an alleged irregularity during the running of the Tamworth Cup on 28 April 2013.

It will be alleged the winner, Prussian Secret, had been drenched prior to the race.

CONTROVERSIAL bookmaker Tom Waterhouse encouraged punters on his own website to back More Joyous in the recent All Aged Stakes, despite privately telling friends a day earlier he didn't like the horse's chances.

PHIL ROTHFIELD reports that a SUNDAY TELEGRAPH investigation into the explosive race inquiry reveals punters across Australia, oblivious to the super mare's pre-race health issues, lost a staggering $4 million on the horse.

RACING Victoria (RV) has today announced revised product fee policies to be applied to all wagering operators for the publication and use of Victorian thoroughbred race fields from 1 July 2013.

 Following a review of its Race Fields Policy, RV has determined that its turnover-based product fee policy will be retained until at least 30 June 2014 with some modifications to the way it is applied.

 RV has applied a turnover-based product fee since 16 August 2012. Previously wagering operators paid 10% of gross revenue, rising to 15% in the months of October and November.


RACING faces a savage $6 million cut to its projected $13 million season's profit if the Victorian Government proceeds with a shock poker machine levy.

ROD NICHOLSON reports for the HERALD SUN that Racing Victoria chief executive Bernard Saundry today met with joint venture partner TabCorp to determine a strategy - TabCorp is threatening legal action - and will request an urgent meeting with the government and treasury within days to clarify the situation.

The Victorian government informed TabCorp and Racing Victoria (as well as Tatts) that it will impose a full year's levy for its poker machine operations for 2012/13, rather than the pro-rata levy for the 46 days it operated until April 15 last year.

RACING NSW chief executive Peter V'landys has warned that any person directed by stewards to attend Monday's More Joyous inquiry who doesn't could be warned off.

CHRIS ROOTS quotes V’LANDS in the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD as saying: ''The integrity of racing is much more important than any individual. 'There is a reason why people have been asked to attend and we would expect to be there.''

A stoush between John Singleton and Gai Waterhouse following More Joyous' failure in the All Aged Stakes has widened to include racing identities and a rugby league immortal.

A VICTORIAN trainer is one of a number of thoroughbred racing figures being investigated over the suspected use of peptides in their horses, including the anti-obesity drug given to some Essendon players.

IN an EXCLUSIVE in the MELBOURNE AGE, NICK MCKENZIE and RICHARD BAKER reveal that Mornington Peninsula trainer Dean Binaisse is one of several figures whose activities were scrutinised during the Australian Crime Commission's doping inquiry comes as racing authorities are moving to detect synthetic peptides in horses to prevent the controversy enveloping the industry.

Mr Binaisse is understood to have sourced AOD9604 or other peptides last year from South Yarra chemist Nima Alavi, who supplied the Bombers with the peptides administered at the club by sports scientist Stephen Dank.

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