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Horse Racing Danny Nikolic fake news release
A fake media release suggesting controversial jockey Danny Nikolic had been granted a licence

Danny Nikolic ‘comeback’ not all that it seemed

Australia: Fake news was the issue in Queensland last week when the state racing authority were at the centre of a hoax involving controversial former jockey Danny Nikolic.

Social media sites caused a stir when they published a media release purporting to come from the Queensland Racing Integrity Commission (QRIC) saying Nikolic, who has been banned since 2012, had been granted a licence to resume his riding career.

Although Nikolic has indeed applied for a provincial licence in North Queensland, the release in question was issued under a QRIC home page that is no longer in use and officials were soon alive to the ruse, swiftly dismissing the news as false.

No stranger to controversy during a turbulent career, former G1-winning jockey Nikolic was banned in 2012 after a long battle with Racing Victoria stewards, in particular a nasty spat with chief steward Terry Bailey.

QRIC commissioner Ross Barnett said Nikolic’s latest application was still under review; a previous application in 2015 was turned down.

“The commission monitors social media and ensures anything regarding it is correct,” added Barnett. “The so-called media release was not on our official website where all information is carried.”

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