Shinn And Robl Cop Big Suspensions Over Betting Saga

Racing NSW Stewards yesterday continued an inquiry opened on the 29th September 2010 at Canterbury Park and continued at the offices of Racing NSW on 19th November 2010 into the operation of a Tabcorp betting account held by Mrs Elaine Robl.

At the inquiry further evidence was taken from licensed jockeys Blake Shinn and Peter Robl, and evidence was taken from licensed stablehands Ms Elaine Robl and Mrs Carol Shinn and from Mr Reece Murphy, riders agent for jockey Blake Shinn. Solicitor at Law, Mr Bob Whyburn, assisted the parties appearing before the inquiry.

Licensed jockey BLAKE SHINN pleaded guilty to charges under AR83(c) of having bets or interests in bets on thoroughbred racing placed between 5 October 2008 and 29 September 2010 on a Tabcorp account held by Mrs Carol Shinn and between 17 July and 29 September 2010 on Tabcorp account held by Mrs Elaine Robl.

Blake Shinn today also pleaded guilty to five further charges under AR160B(3) of having used his mobile phone in the Hawkesbury Race Club Jockeys’ room on 19 August 2010 to contact his manager, Mr Reece Murphy, and to contact Mr Phillip Watson.

After hearing representation on penalty (in camera) from Blake Shinn, Mrs Carol Shinn and Mr Whyburn concerning issues of a personal nature pertaining to Blake Shinn and taking into account his prior good record, co-operation with the inquiry, his remorse, contrition and frankness in giving evidence and guilty plea, the Stewards issued the following penalties:-

Charge 1: Relating to having placed on 17 August 2010 a bet of $2500 on Giresun, which finished 2nd in Race 2 at Randwick on 18 August 2010 when he rode Diamond Jim in the same race.
Penalty – 6 months disqualification

Charges 2 and 3: Relating to placing bets on eight occasions on horses he rode between 14 January 2010 and 2 December 2010.
Penalty – 3 months disqualification

Charges 4, 5 and 6: Relating to placing bets on horses on thoroughbred races generally between 5 October 2008 and 30 September 2010.
Penalty – 3 months disqualification

Charge 7: Relating to having on 17 September 2010 at the Randwick TAB placed a bet on Olivia Blue in Race 1 at the Canberra Race Club meeting.
Penalty – $400 fine

On the charge under AR160B(3) of having used his phone whilst present in the jockeys’ room at Hawkesbury Racecourse on 19 August 2010 the following penalties were issued:-

Charges 1 and 5: Relating to text messages to manager, Mr Reece Murphy.
Penalty – $500 fine

Charges 2, 3 and 4: Relating to a telephone call to Mr Phillip Watson, who shortly thereafter placed a bet of $500 a win and a place on Miss Savabeel in Race 6 at that meeting.
Penalty – 3 months disqualification

All penalties take effect immediately and are to be served cumulatively, which in effect means that Blake Shinn will be eligible to reapply for a jockey’s licence on 26 February 2012.

Licensed jockey PETER ROBL pleaded guilty to charges under AR83(c) of having bets or interests in bets on thoroughbred racing placed between 11 March 2008 and 30 September 2010.

Stewards took into account his guilty plea, his remorse and contrition and his good record over a period of 22 years as a jockey. The Stewards issued the following penalties:-

Charge 1: Relating to placing bets on six occasions on horses he rode between 9 October 2008 to 8 September 2010.
Penalty – 3 months disqualification

Charges 2, 3, 4 and 5: Relating to placing bets on horses on thoroughbred races generally between 11 March 2008 and 30 September 2010.
Penalty – 3 months disqualification

In respect to the charge under AR175(g) of having given false and misleading evidence at a Stewards’ inquiry on 29 September 2010.
Penalty – 6 months disqualification

All penalties take effect immediately and are to be served cumulatively, which in effect means that Peter Robl will be eligible to reapply for a jockey’s licence on 26 November 2011.

Licensed trackwork rider MRS ELAINE ROBL pleaded guilty to charges under AR175(l) of having, between 11 March 2008 and 20 September 2010, being a party to breaches of AR83(c) by her husband, licensed jockey Mr Peter Robl, and between 18 July 2010 and 20 September 2010 being a party to breaches of AR83(c) by licensed jockey Blake Shinn.

Taking into account Mrs Robl’s prior good record over 16 years as a licensee, her remorse and contrition and her cooperation with the inquiry and guilty plea, Stewards issued the following penalty.
Penalty – $7500 fine

Licensed stablehand MRS CAROL SHINN pleaded guilty to a charge under AR175(l) of having, between 5 October 2008 and 29 September 2010, being a party to breaches of AR83(c) by licensed jockey Mr Blake Shinn in respect of the operation of her Tabcorp betting account and also the Tabcorp betting account held by Mrs Elaine Robl.

Taking into account Mrs Robl’s prior good record, her remorse and contrition, her cooperation with the inquiry and guilty plea, Stewards issued the following penalty.
Penalty – $7500 fine

The inquiry, in determining the appropriate penalties, was satisfied that the outcomes of races bet on by Blake Shinn and Peter Robl were not affected by their betting activities. All parties were notified of their rights of appeal.

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