Two jockeys charged with multiple betting and corruption offences

Two jockeys have been charged by Racing Victoria stewards for serious betting and corruption offences.

RV on Friday revealed stewards had issued charges under the Australian Rules of Racing against former Victorian licensed jockeys, Michael Poy and Lewis German, registered owner/professional punter Noah Brash and registered owner Alysha Vass.

It is alleged Poy, 24, and German, 25, corrupted the outcome of races over a four-month period between April and August, 2022.

Among the allegations during the period in question is that Poy and German “rode such horses in a manner to ensure that the bets would be successful” for Brash.

It also alleged Poy “approached and corruptly offered money to a rider (who is not the subject of any charges), to ride a horse, other than in accordance with the merits of the horse”.

“The charges relate to a stewards’ investigation into conduct and wagering concerns on thoroughbred races within Victoria involving Mr Poy, Mr German and Mr Brash,” RV said in the statement.

“Since August 2022, RV Stewards, with the assistance of RV’s Betting Intelligence Unit, have conducted a comprehensive investigation, which has included interviewing numerous individuals and analysing a wide range of materials.”

Michael Poy.

The charges issued against Poy, German, Brash and Vass will be heard before the Victorian Racing Tribunal on a date to be fixed.

It is understood the matters have not been referred to police.

In May last year, Racenet revealed stewards were investigating select rides as part of a long-running probe, which included at least one midweek metropolitan race in Melbourne in June 2022.

Stewards on the day requested analysis of wagering on the race from the Betting Intelligence Unit.

One horse, which drifted late in the market from $3.70 second favourite to $6, jumped awkwardly, raced ungenerously and settled further back than anticipated.

The last-start winner let down strongly in the straight but finished outside the money.

Poy, who is the son of Better Loosen Up’s regular rider Michael Clarke, has been riding in Western Australia, and last rode at Ascot on April 13.

He has ridden 390 winners during his career. His first ever ride was on champion sprinter Nature Strip when he won on debut at Mornington in October 2017.

German also moved to Western Australia, and last rode there in September last year.

He has ridden 218 winners in his career, which commenced in September 2017.

The summary of charges against Poy, German, Brash and Vass are below.

MICHAEL POY

Charges 1 and 2: AR 229(1)(h); made a false or misleading statement or declaration in relation to a matter in connection with the administration or control of racing by submitting a Jockey Licence Renewal Application on 5 August 2021 and 1 July 2022 and failing to declare, as required by the terms and conditions of that Application, betting accounts held in his name and that he had engaged a Form Analyst.

Charges 3 & 4: AR 115(1)(e); bet, had an interest in a bet, or alternatively facilitated a bet on a thoroughbred race in which he was riding on 7 August 2022.

Charge 5: AR 115(1)(c); bet, had an interest in a bet, or alternatively facilitated a bet on a thoroughbred race on 7 August 2022 in which he did not ride.

Charge 6: AR 229(1)(a); engaged in an action or practice in connection with racing on 7 August 2022 which was dishonest, corrupt and/or improper.

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Michael Poy after a winner.

Charge 7: AR 115(1)(e) (alternative to Charge 6); bet, had an interest in a bet, or alternatively facilitated a bet on a thoroughbred race in which he was riding on 7 August 2022.

Charges 8 to 16: AR 115(1)(c); bet, had an interest in a bet, or alternatively facilitated a bet on a thoroughbred race on 14 August 2022 in which he did not ride.

Charge 17: AR 229(1)(c); between 1 April 2022 and 31 August 2022, Mr Poy approached and corruptly offered money to a rider (who is not the subject of any charges), to ride a horse, other than in accordance with the merits of the horse.

Charge 18: AR 229(1)(a); between 21 April 2022 and 31 August 2022, Mr Poy engaged in dishonest, corrupt, improper and/or dishonourable actions in connection with racing, in that he provided information to Mr Brash on races in which he was participating, in the knowledge or belief that Mr Brash would place a bet or bets accordingly, and that, as a result of that information, Mr Brash did bet according to instruction and that, where necessary, Mr Poy rode such horses in a manner to ensure that the bets would be successful.

Charge 19: AR 228(a); between 21 April 2022 and 31 August 2022, Mr Poy engaged in conduct prejudicial to the image, interests, integrity, or welfare of racing, in that he provided information to Mr Brash on races in which he was participating, in the knowledge or belief that Mr Brash would place a bet or bets accordingly, and that, as a result of that information, Mr Brash did bet according to instruction.

LEWIS GERMAN

Charge 1: AR 230 (1)(a) or (b); between 5 March 2022 and 12 March 2022, Mr German did not discharge his duty to provide information to the Stewards having been directly or indirectly approached and/or requested by a relevant person to engage in conduct which could constitute a breach of AR230.

Charge 2: AR 229(1)(h); made a false or misleading statement or declaration in relation to a matter in connection with the administration or control of racing by submitting a Jockey Licence Renewal Application on 1 July 2022 and failing to declare, as required by the terms and conditions of that Application, betting accounts held in his name.

Lewis German.

Charge 3: AR 229(1)(a): between 21 April 2022 and 31 August 2022, Mr German engaged in corrupt or improper conduct in that he provided information to Mr Brash on races in which he was participating, in the knowledge or belief that Mr Brash would place a bet or bets accordingly, and that, as a result of that information, Mr Brash did bet according to instruction and that, where necessary, Mr German rode such horses in a manner to ensure that the bets would be successful.

Charge 4: AR 228(a); between 21 April 2022 and 31 August 2022, Mr German engaged in conduct prejudicial to the image, interests, integrity, or welfare of racing, in that he provided information to Mr Brash on races in which he was participating, in the knowledge or belief that Mr Brash would place a bet or bets accordingly, and that, as a result of that information, Mr Brash did bet according to instruction.

NOAH BRASH

Charges 1 to 5: AR 236; Mr Brash did bet with or for Mr Poy, contrary to AR 236, on thoroughbred races on 7 and 14 August 2022.

Charge 6: AR 232(h); Mr Brash failed to comply with a Direction of the Stewards issued on 6 February 2024.

ALYSHA VASS

Charge 1: AR 232(h); Ms Vass failed to comply with a Direction of the Stewards issued on 9 February 2024.

Source: racenet.com.au

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