Goldolphin Jockey James McDonald Accused of Improper Wagering

One often wonders: Will they ever learn?

What could have convinced renowned thoroughbred jockey James McDonald that being involved in or merely being suspected of involvement with betting activity on a horse was a good idea?

Yet, that is exactly the position in which McDonald finds himself after Racing NSW stewards subjected him to an inquisition of an association betwixt him and a known punter involving a race at Randwick in December of 2015.

For now, the punter remains anonymous, but Racing NSW chief steward Mar Van Gestel reported that a law enforcement agency with which RNSW has an understanding to pass on information centering on illegal gambling activities provided the information regarding the allegation against McDonald.

McDonald was already serving a suspension and was due to return in a mid-week meeting at Warwick Farm, but he has since voluntarily removed himself from riding in that meeting.

The regulation pertaining to jockeys is clear-cut and simple. It unequivocally states that jockeys can have no bets or interest in a race in which the jockeys are riding.

As a rider for Goldolphin, McDonald could find little in the way of tolerance for real or alleged infractions, as the operation’s reputation for severing connections with jockeys who do not follow the rules. Racing NSW and other such regulators could impose long bans on him as well.

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