By Jon Lees
Australia: Sydney jockey Adam Hyeronimus, who made his G1 breakthrough in March, has been charged with betting offences in New South Wales.
Hyeronimus, 30, secured the biggest win of his career when he rode Shout The Bar to victory in the Vinery Stakes for the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott stable during a successful Sydney Carnival.
But he learned on Monday he must answer 32 charges relating to bets placed on his behalf on horses in races run between June 2016 and January 2019.
Two of the charges involve A$500 (£275) bets on horses he rode, one of which, Limbo Soul, won a handicap at Rosehill Gardens in February 2017. Stablehand Blake Paine, a former Waterhouse employee, is charged with placing the bets for Hyeronimus.
Hyeronimus is the second G1-winning jockey to face gambling charges. In April Racing Victoria stewards announced that Ben Melham, one of Melbourne’s leading riders, facing an inquiry for alleged betting offences. He denies the charges.
Hyeronimus, nicknamed ‘Hippo’, has ridden 41 winners this season out of a career tally of 490.
Racing NSW have scheduled the hearing over two days on Thursday and Friday, June 11 and 12.