Racing NSW Steward Want to Interview Gardiner in Betting Scandal
Racing NSW stewards are still interested in having a word with warned-off punter Anthony Gardiner, the man who goes by the self-ascribed moniker of “The Tennis Player,” regarding his role in the betting investigation that ensnared no less a figure than jockey James McDonald.
Gardiner does not seem to share Racing NSW’s conversational desires, however, even though he was scheduled for an interview at Racing NSW headquarters last Friday.
Chief Steward Marc Van Gestel maintains hopes that Gardiner will eventually front for the interview, but from the way Van Gestel describes the situation, those hopes may be futile in the truest sense of the word.
The controversy stems from McDonald’s ill-advised decision to bet on a horse he was riding at Randwick. McDonald had a punt on his mount Astern, a punt for Astern to win, which is indeed what happened.
Stewards do not claim that McDonald himself placed the wager; simply that he had an interest in a wager that was placed.
The stewards also maintain that the cooperation or lack thereof, on the part of Gardiner, is not required from him, or necessary in order for the investigation to be wrapped up.
It seems as though the only stick Racing NSW has to wield as far as speaking with Gardiner is that Gardiner is currently prohibited from placing a bet on thoroughbred races, entering an Australian racecourse or training facility, or having any ownership interest in any racehorse.