By Jon Lees
Australia: Sydney jockey Adam Hyeronimus could be facing at least a two- year ban after being found guilty of betting offences.
Racing NSW stewards issued guilty verdicts on Monday in 30 of the 31 betting charges faced by Hyeronimus and his cousin, stablehand Blake Paine. The pair, who pleaded not guilty, were cleared of one charge.
Sentencing will take place at a date to be fixed when the inquiry will also rule on the final allegation of giving false evidence to stewards. The minimum penalty for betting is a two-year ban.
The charges related to bets placed by Paine on the jockey’s behalf on horses in races run between June 2016 and January 2019.
Two of the charges involved A$500 (£275) bets on horses he rode, one of which Limbo Soul won a handicap at Rosehill Gardens in February 2017.
The inquiry established 22 occasions when Hyeronimus, who is 30, deposited money into Paine’s bank account which was then transferred to a betting account from which bets were placed by Paine.
In total Hyeronimus paid A$30,000 (£16,670) into Paine’s account between June 2016 and November 2018 which the stewards ruled were for betting activities and not gifts or savings.
The jockey’s phone records contained texts which the stewards were satisfied were requests for bets to be placed.
Hyeronimus, nicknamed the Hippo, has ridden 49 winners this season out of a career tally of 498.
He rode his first G1 winner in March when Shout The Bar captured the Vinery Stakes for the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott stable the Sydney Carnival.