Victoria Police claim evidence of racing plots


Graham Ashton, deputy commissioner of Victoria Police, said the force’s new sports integrity intelligence unit had gathered evidence through phone taps that it was sure would result in several owners, trainers and jockeys being banned from racing if it could share the information with racing officials. That however is barred under current federal wiretap laws, which Ashton urged be amended. Ashton called match fixing a greater threat to Australian sport than illicit drugs. He said that Australians are now betting $7 billion a year offshore, much of that on bets that could not be placed legally at home, including bets placed during matches and “spot” bets on elements of play rather than the outcome.