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Police bust harness match fixing ring

THE Queensland Racing Crime Squad has charged a man with match fixing after they raided several properties belonging to harness racing participants.

Detectives executed a search warrant at the properties in Warwick, The Gap, Logan Village and Redcliffe this week where they seized mobile phones, computers and documents.

The Crime and Corruption Commission was also involved in the investigation.

A 46-year-old man from Warwick has since been charged with match fixing.

Police are yet to determine when he will appear in court and are expected to provide an update later today.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/police-bust-harness-match-fixing-ring/news-story/8239a2044e917836ff869b9ddc50427f
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Report Back High Lay Low April 7, 2017 1:15 AM BST
'match fixing' - seems odd terminology
Report Back High Lay Low April 7, 2017 1:19 AM BST
Alan Gaskell tweets:

Gotta say. Some of the claims I'm hearing out of Queensland Harness Racing are very serious ! And high profiles involved !!

https://twitter.com/AlanDGaskell/status/850136139671363584
Report HondoLomboHanoverLobell April 7, 2017 1:41 AM BST
Harness Racing will be lucky to see it into the third decade of this century - certainly not the fourth.
Report henryluca April 7, 2017 2:08 AM BST
Curiously I have been on course -Albion Park- last 3 out of 4 weeks and vast majority of winners have looked better than the rest---actually thought was getting more competitive etc.

The 'black and white army' of Dixon stable continue to dominate with Grant and his wife one and two in the drivers premiership--from memory
Report Jack Morris April 8, 2017 9:57 AM BST
Why wouldn't the black and white army dominate they are protected in every possible way ffs.
Report Back High Lay Low April 9, 2017 6:01 AM BST
Fan favourite Bart Cockburn has now been implicated.
Report Back High Lay Low April 9, 2017 6:11 AM BST
It'll be interesting to see what evidence the police have collected.

Police will allege harness trainer-driver Bart Cockburn, 27, who was charged with four race-fixing offences, was involved in a fix in three separate races from November last year, all at Brisbane’s Albion Park.

Cockburn was alleged to have participated in a fix on November 12 last year, when fellow driver-trainer Dayl March was also alleged to have been involved in an organised race result.

March was charged with the race-fixing offence under the Queensland Criminal Code earlier in the week.

It is understood while both March and Cockburn colluded to win the race on November 12, neither were able to pull off the alleged fix.

The Sunday Mail understands Cockburn’s charges also relate to a November 5 race in which he drove the fourth-placed Marty Bee, and a January 27, 2017, race in which he came second on Major Kiwi.


http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/harness-racefixing-scandal-racing-integrity-commissioner-says-more-charges-to-come/news-story/6797d3013ae83fd48f9cf9120fe45dc3
Report henryluca April 9, 2017 7:04 AM BST
Curiously and from memory--Bart C was the number 2 driver for the black and white army while a c licence driver. Folks should learn from the marfia---write it down then eat the piece of paper--these days intel is sourced from everywhere--especially phone taps
Report The_KAMIKAZEE_DRINKING_MACHINE April 9, 2017 12:49 PM BST
CockburnLaughLaughLaugh
Report Joel April 9, 2017 1:46 PM BST
Sounds painful.
Report Back High Lay Low October 5, 2017 12:25 PM BST
Former Queensland harness driver Barton Cockburn guilty of race fixing

THE defence lawyer of a former harness racing driver fined for fixing two Queensland races has made a stunning admission about tactics in the industry.

Former harness racing driver Barton Cockburn has been fined $5000 for fixing two races at a Queensland track in late 2016.

Cockburn pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Wednesday to two counts of facilitating match-fixing and one count of disclosing knowledge.

The court heard Cockburn arranged for himself to win a race at Albion Park on November 5 and for another driver to win a race at the same track on November 12.

The prize money from each race was $7000 but the court heard individual drivers only receive about $350 of the winnings.

Cockburn also disclosed knowledge to “industry insider” Michael Grant on November 4 about a harness race he knew Mr Grant was likely to bet on.

It was not alleged Mr Grant actually placed a bet on the race or that Cockburn would have benefited from providing that information.
Barton Cockburn.

Defence solicitor Andrew Hanlon said Cockburn had discussed race tactics with other drivers and Mr Grant before the races.

“It is commonplace, albeit not technically within the racing rules, for drivers to talk to each other prior to the race and try to establish the tactics each driver is going to be employing,” Mr Hanlon said.

“There is a fine line between what is deemed an acceptable level of gamesmanship and what is clearly a breach of the rules.

“His conduct has crossed that line and he is remorseful for his involvement in these offences.” Mr Hanlon said the defence of “everybody’s doing it” was no defence but that was “precisely the situation in harness racing in Queensland”.

The court heard Cockburn, who was once considered one of the top five professional drivers in the state, had his racing licence suspended indefinitely as a result of being charged.

Convictions were not recorded for the three offences.

Full transcript

Lawyer Andrew Hanlon:

“Clearly, your Honour would be well aware the defence of `everybody’s doing it’ is no defence at all.

“And certainly we don’t suggest otherwise this morning. However, on my instructions, your Honour, this is precisely the situation in harness racing in Queensland.

“To provide some context to the situation, as I’ve said, my client is racing in 30 to 45 races per week.

“On my instructions, 90 per cent of these races, he would be racing against the same drivers.

“Up to 90 per cent of these horses then, would be from the same stables, trained by the same trainers.
Hanlon and Cockburn outside Brisbane Magistrates Court.

“Now, in a race consisting of up to 10 horses, there may be as many as eight horses from one or two different stables. We’d have three or four horses from each stable in the same race.

“Two or three of those horses in the race would be of a significant ability to be able to potentially win the race, with the rest of them generally there to quite literally make up the numbers.

“In this context, your Honour, tactics become very important in harness racing.

“Different horses race better from the front, getting an early lead, or some prefer to take a sit, is the term, I understand, and try to out sprint the leaders to the finish line.

“Tactics change, therefore, from race to race, depending on which horses are against which, and are often dictated by the trainer prior to the race.”

Mr Hanlon said it was not within the rules to employ such tactics, but the practise was widespread.

However, he said drivers would sometimes renege on the agreements made once the race was underway.

“I understand, your Honour, it is commonplace, albeit, not technically within the racing rules, for drivers to talk to each other prior to the race, and try and establish the tactics that each driver is going to be employing,” he said.

“Of course, there is no guarantee that drivers will be honest with each other, in this regard, and that’s clear, your Honour, from the schedule of facts before the court in relation to charges one and three where the tactics noted or potentially to be employed, weren’t in fact, and the result therefore, didn’t pan out as had been intended.

“In my submission, your Honour, it seems there is a fine line between what is deemed an acceptable level of gamesmanship and what is clearly a breach of the rules and the relevant offence of match fixing.

“It’s accepted clearly, however, by my client’s pleas of guilty today that his conduct has crossed that line, and as I say, he is remorseful for his involvement in the offences.”
Report Back High Lay Low October 31, 2017 9:34 AM GMT
All happening up north..............

Fake betting charges against Brisbane harness racing identity

A HARNESS racing identity will face court accused of running millions of dollars through a fake betting account.

Marshall Dobson, a 61-year-old from The Gap in Brisbane’s west, will face court next month after being charged under anti-money-laundering and terrorism-financing laws.

Detectives from the Racing Crime Squad, working with the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission, charged him after a long-running investigation into his betting activities.

Commissioner Ross Barnett said Dobson was accused of using a false name to place bets on harness races in Queensland and Western Australia via an online account.

“The money that has gone through the account over a 10-year period is well into the millions,” he said.

“In one 16-month period — from September 2015 to December 2016 — the figure was $1.77 million.”

Police described Dobson as a “harness racing participant”.

He was today granted bail and will appear in court on November 13.


http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/crime-and-justice/fake-betting-charges-against-brisbane-harness-racing-identity/news-story/fac30b0a27b3b65f8316fbc947fa0fc7
Report Back High Lay Low December 11, 2017 12:15 AM GMT
Shane Graham charged

http://www.couriermail.com.au/sport/superracing/qld-racing/race-fixing-charges-against-harness-racing-trio/news-story/4a75f437abc6736fa10a73b7e7d8dcc1
Report henryluca December 11, 2017 4:10 AM GMT
Just watched the replay and quite frankly nothing untoward to that race--winner pulled , circled - Cain handed up knowing the sprint lane was there in the straight---winner too good---Cain's mount niggled at a bit to stay on touch --strong sectionals---

Nope winner looked strong---looked trained for the race----

Could be some injustice here.
Report henryluca December 11, 2017 4:19 AM GMT
CRIMINAL CODE - SECT 443 Definitions for ch 43

CRIMINAL CODE - SECT 443

Definitions for ch 43
443 DEFINITIONS FOR CH 43




"bet" or
"make a bet" includes—

(a) place, change, accept or withdraw a bet; and
(b) cause a bet to be placed, changed, accepted or withdrawn.

"encourage" includes ask, counsel, incite, induce, persuade, pressure (by threats or otherwise), procure or urge.


"match-fixing arrangement" , in relation to a sporting event or sporting contingency, means an agreement between 2 or more persons relating to any person engaging in match-fixing conduct in relation to the event or contingency for the purpose of—
(a) obtaining a pecuniary benefit for any person; or
(b) causing a pecuniary detriment to any person.

"match-fixing conduct" , in relation to a sporting event or the happening of a sporting contingency, means conduct that—
(a) affects, or if engaged in could reasonably be expected to affect, the outcome of the event or the happening of the contingency; and
(b) is contrary to the standards of integrity that an ordinary person would reasonably expect of persons in a position to affect or influence the outcome of the event or the happening of the contingency.

"sporting contingency" means a contingency—
(a) associated with a sporting event; and
(b) on the happening of which a person may make a bet under a law of the Commonwealth or a State.

"sporting event" means a sporting competition or activity, whether taking place in Queensland or elsewhere, on the outcome of which a person may make a bet under a law of the Commonwealth or a State.


CRIMINAL CODE - SECT 443A Engaging in match-fixing conduct

CRIMINAL CODE - SECT 443A

Engaging in match-fixing conduct
443A ENGAGING IN MATCH-FIXING CONDUCT

(1) A person who engages in match-fixing conduct in relation to a sporting event or the happening of a sporting contingency for the purpose of—
(a) obtaining or receiving a pecuniary benefit for any person; or
(b) causing a pecuniary detriment to another person;
commits a crime.
Penalty: Maximum penalty—10 years imprisonment.
(2) For subsection (1) , it does not matter whether any person—
(a) obtains or receives a pecuniary benefit; or
(b) causes or suffers a pecuniary detriment.
Report henryluca December 11, 2017 4:22 AM GMT
Watching replay ---and being of the opinion that the better horse won and that Cain's horse was given the cushy run behind the leader this charge wont stick because the outcome of the event would not be any different.
Report The_KAMIKAZEE_DRINKING_MACHINE December 11, 2017 5:38 AM GMT
Considering the prizemoney for winning a race at Albion Park is about $1700 it's no wonder there's doins a transpirin.
Report Joel December 11, 2017 6:41 AM GMT
If Henry says there's nothing to see here then there's nothing to see here.
Report Back High Lay Low December 11, 2017 9:53 AM GMT
Tipping the police have some other evidence other than the race reply.

From the article:

Graham has been charged with two counts of discloses the knowledge to another about a relevant bet relating to the race at Albion Park on October 6.

He is also charged with two counts of facilitating match-fixing conduct pecuniary benefit relating to a race at Albion Park on July 28 and the race at Albion Park on October 6, and one count of encouraging another person to make a relevant bet relating to the race in July.


In Victoria the police have text messages sent by those charged.
Report gardenstar December 15, 2017 11:56 AM GMT
The result of all this has seen Sky move Qld harness to the midnight till dawn slot
Report henryluca December 15, 2017 10:23 PM GMT
This is another example of the world gone mad!

Shane Graham tips a winner to others and is charged Crazy. The horse was clearly the fitter and deserved winner of the race--with no alleged match fixing necessary for it to win (see replay - harness ) while nrl , cricket players etc continue to giggle in their shirt sleeves at match manipulation for their own gambling cash flow advantage.

Horse racing is founded on tips, secrets, red herrings etc ---and now that aspect of it seems to have taken on a criminal elemant

"Psst psst over here--we've backed Winx---its going to win and we've backed it"----CHARGED!!
Report The_KAMIKAZEE_DRINKING_MACHINE December 16, 2017 12:19 PM GMT
It's funny to see henry defending crooks!!!
Report Back High Lay Low December 17, 2017 10:39 AM GMT
itsnotnormalisit.com

Quite a site Scared
Report Back High Lay Low December 19, 2017 4:22 AM GMT
Trista Dixon charged by the stewards after R8 at AP on sat. night.
Report henryluca December 19, 2017 9:20 PM GMT
Watched the replay--rubbish charge!!

Winner was due to Grant Dixon brilliance--perfectly rated 3/4 back on the rails----shuffled back to last and weaved through the rump steak---a great lesson for young drivers---

Trista's horse was on spaghetti legs and her manoeuvre avoided an accident.
Report Back High Lay Low December 20, 2017 6:49 AM GMT
She heroically steered her tiring horse towards the rail - quite possibly saving the lives of many of her fellow drivers in the process.

The fact that her actions created a gap for her husband to go thru is a mere coincidence.

One of those quirky racetrack occurrences, all part of the rich tapestry and intrigue of racing.
Report henryluca December 20, 2017 10:33 AM GMT
Yes High Low

Nor did her actions impede or obstruct the chances of any other runner / her horse was on spaghetti legs and had no chance of winning and every other horse had their chances on their merits--the winner was the superior beast on the night--on that basis it is a very tough call to suggest it was criminal conduct
Report eight ball December 20, 2017 12:42 PM GMT
In the sweep i had the choice of
a)No probs horse has done this in past performances under pressure.
b)I heard hubby calling 'have we got milk at home" and it spooked me.
c) Bruce from Nemo Look out i'm coming throooough.
d)1-2 months
e)2-4 months
f)4+ months.
I settled on e and took b as a saver.
Report The_KAMIKAZEE_DRINKING_MACHINE December 21, 2017 4:04 AM GMT
Very dodgy.
Report Back High Lay Low December 21, 2017 9:38 AM GMT
Trista can't make 10AM stewards inquiry due to a personal issue but makes time to drive a winner at 12.07PM. Crazy
Report Back High Lay Low December 21, 2017 9:40 AM GMT
Chook Fowler under heavy attack

https://itsnotnormalisit.com/2017/12/21/the-bantam-attempt-to-rewrite-history-and-shows-his-true-colours-in-the-writing/
Report henryluca December 21, 2017 9:19 PM GMT
Curiously the "Butterfly" or whatever the name is is quite a good wordsmith in the way he constructs sentences etc ----and he does seem to back up his assertions claimed ----actually starting to enjoy his articles----out of curiosity...

It was for me a small walk down memory lane in his chronicling of the Albion Park history in the article referred to by High/Low (WD for finding this guy)---actually remember the old gallops track (just)  where the galloper Red Seas dominated ---

Henry remembers the old grandstand  and turnstile gate ( photos he supplied in this article)- very well- was there every Saturday night - every Wednesday night -( and every Redcliffe Friday night for that matter)

AAHHH--back in the day HappyLove
Report The_KAMIKAZEE_DRINKING_MACHINE December 27, 2017 8:31 AM GMT
Great stuff BHLL!
Report The_KAMIKAZEE_DRINKING_MACHINE December 27, 2017 8:38 AM GMT
That Greg Sugars drive that he highlights is just mind blowing.Shocked
Report gardenstar December 28, 2017 12:36 AM GMT
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-12-28/race-fixing-rocks-the-world-of-queensl...
Report henryluca December 28, 2017 1:50 AM GMT
Must admit--for many many decades - I was Albion Park Sat and Wed then Redcliffe Friday but the way races where being run and the tactics used  was clearly mates paying back mates etc etc

Sadly I see the same patterns more and more in the gallops which is why form is pretty well useless imo
Report henryluca December 28, 2017 4:56 AM GMT
Frankly his criticism of the Sugars ride is unfair and misinformed --the horse was pulling its head off and had Sugars let it go --would have  otherwise charged forward uncontrollably and worn itself down/out--Sugars was leaning that far back that had the horse not been pulling and wanted to take off--it would have just come to a stop...the horse frankly was just not in the right mood.
Report henryluca December 28, 2017 7:39 PM GMT
WOW- Archies follow up blog on this subject is a must read--Thursday 28 December --(how he received acknowledgement from Racing Integrity and stewards report altered....to allegedly protect Sugars and how Sugars apparently responded via tweet)

May or may not agree---but this Archie is a doer!

WD Archie Butterfly

https://itsnotnormalisit.com/category/bits-and-pieces/
Report henryluca December 29, 2017 10:23 PM GMT
And while all this hoo ha about the harness industry is happening-with participants getting some advantage in the thousands of dollars

           
  -- ---the real sporting corruption happening at the moment is the cricket where millions and millions of dollars are being traded by those gambling associates of the Australian cricket players --and ripping millions from gullible folk wanting to back the Aussie team in this dead rubber---

Aus traded all way down to 1.40 ish in the millions of dollars  before curiously things went wrong---there is one thing relevant about a trading exchange --it is there predominately for layers to rip off the gullible.

Cricket -----manipulated to the extent of seriously corrupt-----

1.42    $726        $17,632
1.43    $592        $29,086
1.44    $354        $71,993
1.45    $90        $54,482
1.46            $34,949
1.47    $95        $264,537
1.48    $245        $370,164
1.49            $622,018
1.50    $6,442        $370,572
1.51    $774        $627,021
1.52    $34        $797,083
1.53    $213        $609,764
1.54            $525,535
1.55            $398,884
1.56    $36        $823,194
1.57            $459,711
1.58    $186        $553,275
1.59    $260        $280,378
1.60    $10        $298,169
1.61    $311        $175,143
1.62    $1,188        $250,058
1.63    $1        $268,308
1.64            $368,775
1.65            $407,730
1.66    $97        $265,838
1.67            $184,494
1.68            $297,773
1.69    $13        $123,094
1.70    $3,295        $84,191
1.71            $316,211
1.72            $286,612
1.73            $218,178
1.74    $16        $90,200
1.75    $55        $157,348
1.76    $700        $117,701
1.77            $349,081
1.78    $102        $334,730
1.79            $439,892
1.80    $273        $443,958
1.81            $305,697
1.82            $427,265
1.83            $267,184
1.84            $435,285
1.85    $194        $270,087
1.86            $244,845
1.87    $18        $408,115
1.88            $343,715
1.89            $121,966
1.90    $3        $109,523
1.91            $57,873
1.92            $152,816
1.93            $249,849
1.94            $144,539
1.95            $141,572
1.96    $3        $237,076
1.97    $9        $286,845
1.98            $298,445
1.99            $275,571
2.00    $178        $321,862
2.02            $201,139
2.04            $301,227
2.06    $1,966        $248,392
2.08    $32        $221,516
2.1            $166,036
2.12    $62        $195,482
2.14            $257,124
2.16    $8        $309,503
2.18            $290,738
2.20    $39        $249,960
2.22    $3        $158,213
2.24
Report Joel December 30, 2017 2:02 AM GMT
Why?
Report henryluca December 30, 2017 2:07 AM GMT
Simply cause they can and get away with doing it and score huge financial benefit.

Curiously I would be doing it with me mates as would everyone else so good on them!
Report Back High Lay Low December 30, 2017 9:44 AM GMT
That blog guy is making some big allegations.
Report The_KAMIKAZEE_DRINKING_MACHINE December 31, 2017 7:33 AM GMT
You really do talk sh1t henry. Unbelievable.
Report The_KAMIKAZEE_DRINKING_MACHINE December 31, 2017 7:39 AM GMT
BHLL - I'm lovin' it!!!
Report Back High Lay Low December 31, 2017 8:52 AM GMT
He could come a cropper legally.
Report The_KAMIKAZEE_DRINKING_MACHINE December 31, 2017 9:43 AM GMT
That's definitely a possibility if he is not 100% with his claims.  If you believe what he says though it's pretty grubby - and amateurish - stuff. The drive itself is a no brainer. Just the last 400m alone is enough for me. It's the actions of the stewards that is getting interesting!!
Report The_KAMIKAZEE_DRINKING_MACHINE December 31, 2017 12:30 PM GMT
henry I see you've had quite a few "give yourself an uppercut" moments on this thread. Must be close to BLOCK status!!!
Report henryluca January 1, 2018 1:24 AM GMT
"give yourself an uppercut" moments

Yes agreed----try and get some forum reaction/response to various topics ----sadly no one seems to bite the bait/the topic----will be less protagonist about the corruption in sport---doesnt seem to be a topic anyone wants to offer any opinion on --despite my baiting....Plain
Report gardenstar January 3, 2018 4:08 AM GMT
https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/2018-2-January-Harnes...
Report henryluca January 3, 2018 4:46 AM GMT
Whatttt!!!!

Watched replay----nothing at all untoward--14.00 pop --settled last --made a run-----these charges are baseless--Just a joke now --
Report gardenstar January 4, 2018 9:48 PM GMT
https://www.qric.qld.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/2018-4-January-QRIC-S...
Report Back High Lay Low January 8, 2018 2:10 AM GMT
I see archie has hinted at that odd rumor about the sydney trainer and the racecaller.
Report henryluca January 8, 2018 2:20 AM GMT
Frankly - lost interest in Archie's mad ravings
Report The_KAMIKAZEE_DRINKING_MACHINE January 13, 2018 10:39 AM GMT
"Frankly - lost interest in Archie's mad ravings"



LaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaughLaugh


I doubt that whoever invented the concept of IRONY could never imagine it on such a GRAND SCALE as this!!!!!!!!!!!
Report The_KAMIKAZEE_DRINKING_MACHINE January 13, 2018 10:44 AM GMT
Archie has become part of my daily routine. Like my 10am t1ttyfxck and my 6pm deposit into BF to replenish the funds. Sometimes I don't know what the hell he is talking about but I still enjoy it.
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