Jockey Adam Hyeronimus has been charged with multiple betting offences after he was found guilty of 30 out of 31 illegal betting charges on races between 2016-2019.
The story, reported by the Sydney Morning Herald, stated that in addition to the charges Hyeronimus has also been found guilty of providing false evidence to a stewards’ enquiry.
The Sydney jockey had placed bets of $500 on two horses that he was riding, as well as 29 bets on thoroughbred horse racing between 2016 and 2019.
Hyeronimus placed the bets through his associate Blake Paine, with the amount reportedly ranging from $100 to $2000 over the three-year period. Bank transfers, phone records and betting statements were used to support the stewards’ case.
The jockey would often transfer money to Paine, which tended to be labelled ‘savings’ or ‘gift’. Once the funds arrived in Paine’s account, it was subsequently transferred to a second account depositing the same sum into his Sportsbet account.
“Having regard to AH not transferring funds into BP account prior to the bet being placed, the Stewards are not satisfied to the requisite standard that Mr Paine placed the bet for Mr Hyeronimus,” the Racing NSW stewards report read.
Racing NSW stewards found Hyeronimus, alongside associate Blake Paine, guilty with the jockey facing a potential minimum two-year ban from racing. The severity of the sentence will be decided in due course.
It’s not just the world of horseracing that is cracking down on betting related integrity breaches as the Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) has also recently imposed fines for corruption.
Last week the TIU handed a 20-month suspension and $6,000 fine to Greek tournament director Antonis Kalaitzakis after he admitted to ‘betting on tennis and failing to report knowledge of, or suspicion of corruption’ to the organisation.
The suspension followed on from an investigation which found that Kalaitzakis used online betting accounts to place 127 bets on tennis between 2013 and 2016.