– Racing Victoria officials have vowed to continue their investigation into jockey Danny Nikolic, despite police abandoning race-fixing charges against him.
The suspected race fix, involving Nikolic’s mount Smoking Aces at Cranbourne in April 2011 is understood to have yielded participants up to $200,000 in betting returns.
Victoria Police spokeswoman Cath Allen said the force would not be proceeding with charges after receiving advice from the Office of Public Prosecutions.
Purana Taskforce detectives sent a brief on Nikolic to the OPP for consideration last December.
“Detectives from Purana Taskforce have completed a thorough investigation into allegations of race fixing and money laundering in relation to a number of horse races in 2011 and 2012,” Ms Allen said.
It is understood that there was insufficient evidence for the case to proceed.
But the move by police has cleared the way for racing officials, including racing integrity commissioner Sal Perna, to grill Nikolic.
Nikolic had previously used his right of silence not to be interviewed by racing stewards because he was subject of a police investigation, as were at least another jockey, bookmaker and owner.
The jockey declined to comment to Fairfax Media on Monday.
Mr Perna and Racing Victoria’s chief steward, Terry Bailey, said they would speak with police about obtaining information from Purana’s investigation.
“With the police dropping the case it’s now a matter of us waiting to see what information Victoria Police is permitted to hand to myself and the racing industry,” Mr Perna said.
Commonwealth law bans police sharing information from phone taps with organisations, except other law enforcement agencies.
Mr Perna was hopeful the police brief contained information racing officials could use in their case.
Ms Allen said Victoria Police would cooperate with racing officials in their investigation.
“Where legislation permits, and on advice from the Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office, Victoria Police will supply documentation to the Office of the Racing Integrity Commissioner and Racing Victoria to assist their investigation into this matter,” she said.
The suspected race fix was uncovered during the probe into the murder of former trainer and Nikolic’s father-in-law Les Samba by an unknown assailant.
Fairfax Media reported last October that Nikolic was struggling to get regular rides on top horses, and some time before that race, Nikolic fell out with several Caulfield racing figures – Patrick Bartley & Jared Lynch


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