Racing NSW bans punter surrounding McDonald investigation

THE punter implicated in James McDonald’s illegal betting charges has been warned off NSW Racing.

Anthony Gardiner, known by industry insiders as ‘Tony the tennis player’ received the ban because of his refusal to talk to Racing NSW stewards investigating McDonald’s alleged bets on his own ride, Astern.

Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’landys announced the decision to bar Gardiner on Friday until he attends Racing NSW to be interviewed by stewards.

It means Gardiner is not permitted to enter any racecourse or training facility, is unable to have an interest in any thoroughbred racehorse, nor is he able to place a bet on thoroughbred races with a wagering operator.

Gardiner has been rumoured to be a regular at Sydney’s race tracks that has deep connections with jockeys and trainers.

There is no serious assumption that Gardiner has done anything illegal at this stage.

Racing NSW said Gardiner’s refusal to speak to authorities was obstructing and hindering the Racing NSW Stewards in investigating serious breaches of the Rules of Racing, prompting V’landys to use his delegated power to warn him off.

“Racing NSW is on record time and again as saying integrity in this industry is paramount,” V”landys said.

“”Accordingly, no individual’s interest should outweigh the confidence of the public, and particularly punters, in the integrity of the industry.

“Racing NSW has zero tolerance for those that obstruct and hinder the maintenance of the integrity of thoroughbred racing in New South Wales.”

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