RACING NSW has threatened to warn off punter and brothel owner Eddie Hayson because of his refusal to dob in connections at trainer Gai Waterhouse’s stables.
Hayson received a letter from Racing NSW on Monday containing the threat of being disqualified or warned off in the latest dramatic development in the More Joyous inquiry.
It follows his comments in The Sunday Telegraph that he would not be revealing who told him “vets had been all over the horse” in the lead-up to More Joyous’ failure in the All Aged Stakes.
In the letter obtained by The Daily Telegraph, Racing NSW lawyer Pete Sweney wrote: “Stewards consider the communication of confidential, non-public information from the stables of Mrs Gai Waterhouse to be a very serious matter.”
Hayson, however, is standing firm.
“Yes, I did originally say that I’d provide the names,” he told The Daily Telegraph.
Punishment does not fit the ‘crime’
“After I left the hearing, and I’d had time to think about it, I decided not to because the last person who gave out information from the stable was sacked.
Gai Waterhouse and her senior staff have been on a stable witch hunt since it was revealed Hayson had inside information while the horse’s owner John Singleton had been kept in the dark.
She has previously dismissed an employee – Pat Sexton, who trains in Queensland – for leaking information.
“Who hasn’t had a tip from a stable?” Hayson said.
“It happens every week, every day at every race meeting around the country.
“Are the stewards going to demand that every punter give up their tipping sources from here on?
“I have done absolutely nothing wrong. All I did was check on More Joyous’ fitness prior to the race because everything I was hearing was negative.
“They told me vets had been all over the horse, so I didn’t have a bet.
“It’s interesting that it’s suddenly all become my fault.
“Can they really warn me off forknowing the horse was crook, like every other punter should have known?”
Under racing rules, a warning off or disqualification would prevent Hayson from stepping on to any Australian racetrack.
He would also be banned from betting with bookmakers.
The inquiry resumes on Monday with Waterhouse challenging charges the stable had withheld information from stewards.
Her lawyers have asked stewards for the names of Hayson’s contacts.
Singleton has already been fined $15,000 for making comments detrimental to racing.