Former Ballarat jockey Michelle Payne in betting probe

FORMER Ballarat jockey Michelle Payne is under investigation by Racing Victoria stewards for allegedly placing bets on international race meetings.

Payne, who has recently returned to race riding after a serious fall, is one of three licensed hoops under the microscope.

Stewards have asked Payne, Michael Walker and Anthony Darmanin to attend inquiries next Tuesday. The trio is to be questioned regarding bets placed on thoroughbred races, which are not on individual events in which they were riding.

Payne is alleged to have placed three unsuccessful bets on May 22, 2011 totalling $450, all involving dual Cox Plate champion So You Think and through a Sportsbet account registered in her name. Two of her alleged multi bets involved sports outside of racing.

Racing Victoria’s inquiries follow the completion of a lengthy investigation that began in mid-2012 with a routine audit of wagering service providers’ betting accounts. Darmanin’s alleged bets total $100 and Walker’s $57, including two $3 boxed trifectas and a $1 trifecta.

THE ALLEGED BETS

Michelle Payne

May 22, 2011 - $200 Double

Presvis - Singapore International Cup, Kranji (Singapore) - Win & Place

So You Think - Tattersalls Gold Cup, Curragh (Ireland) - Win

May 22, 2011 - $200 Multi win bet

Presvis - Singapore International Cup, Kranji (Singapore)

So You Think - Tattersalls Gold Cup, Curragh (Ireland)

Miami Heat - NBA Conference Final

May 22, 2011 - $50 Multi win bet

So You Think - Tattersalls Gold Cup, Curragh (Ireland)

Miami Heat - NBA Conference Final

Manchester United - English Premier League Round 38

Arsenal - English Premier League Round 38

Newcastle - English Premier League Round 38

Stoke - English Premier League Round 38

Anthony Darmanin

April 17, 2011 - $50 Multi win bet

Cranbourne Jockey Challenge - Any other individual jockey

Melbourne - AFL Round 4

Fremantle - AFL Round 4

April 19, 2011 - $50 Multi win bet

Townsville (QLD) Jockey Challenge - Ian Toward

Chicago Bulls - NBA Play-offs Round 1

San Francisco Giants - MLB Match

- Darmanin rode in two races at the Cranbourne meeting on April 17, 2011. He did not ride at the Townsville meeting on April 19, 2011.

Michael Walker

October 28, 2011 - Stawell, Race 7 - $50 win Auspicious

November 12, 2011 - Lingfield (UK), Race 1 - $3 boxed trifecta

November 25, 2011 - Moonee Valley, Race 7 - $3 boxed trifecta

December 24, 2011 - Morphettville (SA), Race 1 - $1 trifecta

- Walker did not ride at any of the meetings in question.

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