Australia: three-year ban for Adam ‘the Hippo’ Hyeronimus in betting scandal

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Adam Hyeronimus: three-year ban for betting offences. Photo: Racing and Sports

By Jon Lees

Australia: Sydney-based jockey Adam Hyeronimus has been handed a three-year ban for a string of betting offences.

Racing NSW stewards had issued guilty verdicts in 30 out of 32 charges faced by the G1-winning jockey and his cousin, stablehand Blake Paine, last month, clearing them of one charge.

They were also found guilty of an outstanding charge of giving false evidence to stewards as the inquiry panel announced penalties on Tuesday. Paine was disqualified for two years and four months. The sentences apply immediately.

Sydney jockey Adam Hyeronimus charged with multiple betting offences

Hyeronimus’s lawyer had argued at a submissions hearing last week that a disqualification in excess of two years would “effectively be a death sentence” for the jockey’s career. Hyeronimus announced he will appeal.

The panel said it determined the penalties based on precedent and “the fact that both Mr Hyeronimus and Mr Paine still have not told the truth to the Stewards in respect to very serious offences”.

The charges covered a two-year period during which Paine was found to have placed bets on Hyeronimus’s behalf on horses in races run between June 2016 and January 2019. Two A$500 (£275) bets were placed on horses the jockey rode. One, Limbo Soul, won a handicap at Rosehill Gardens in February 2017. 

Hyeronimus paid a total of A$30,000 (£16,500) 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, 30, nicknamed ‘the Hippo’, rode 52 winners during the most recent campaign to take his career tally to 502.

He partnered 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.

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