Media Release - David Walker Decision 19 September 2014

posted Sep 18, 2014, 3:54 PM by Gabriella Fleming   [ updated Sep 18, 2014, 3:54 PM ]
The Jockey David Walker was today found guilty on the charges brought by the Racing Integrity Unit (RIU) that Mr Walker placed bets on another horse to beat the horse he was riding in a head to head contest and then rode to ensure his horse was beaten. 

The charges were heard by the Judicial Control Authority (JCA), an independent statutory body established under the Racing Act. The JCA panel hearing the case were, Mr M McKechnie (Chairman) and Mr N McCutcheon. 

The JCA’s in its verdict disqualified Mr Walker for 7 years, and also charged him costs of $ 3,000 ($1,500 to the JCA and $1,500 to the RIU). 

RIU General Manager Mike Godber said the RIU was very pleased with the result. 

“Mr Walker’s actions threatened the very fabric of NZ racing and the strong penalty applied by the JCA panel sends a signal that the industry holds the integrity of racing at the highest priority.” 

“The message is clear, serious breaches such as this case will have severe consequences for those involved.” 

 “The Walker case serves to illustrate the effectiveness of the RIU’s systems of surveillance of racing and betting and its investigation processes. These processes and the penalty imposed will act as a deterrent to anyone contemplating similar actions.” 

Enquiries: Mike Godber 0274744381 
General Manager