Jockey formerly known as Terry Treichel banned for eight years after changing identity

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Terry Treichel aka Daniel Smith: banned for betting under a different name. Photo: Bradley Photography/Racing NSW

By Jon Lees

Australia: A jockey who changed his name by deed poll and used it to operate a betting account while still riding under his old name has been disqualified for a total of eight years.

Terry Treichel rode over 1,200 winners across New South Wales and Queensland before relocating to Northern Territory.

But when Thoroughbred Racing Northern Territory (TRNT) stewards began investigating allegations of betting activity at Alice Springs they discovered Treichel had changed his name to Daniel Jack Smith.

The 41-year-old Smith, formerly Treichel, pleaded guilty to all 32 charges issued against him while a licensed jockey between July 2019 and December 2020.

These included falsely declaring in his licence application that his name was Terry Treichel when he had changed his identity to Smith.

He committed 27 breaches of betting rules, 16 relating to bets on his own mounts and 11 on other runners in races he was involved in. He placed approximately 174 bets on races he has not riding in through various betting accounts. There was no evidence of any corruption in the races the jockey bet and rode in.

As one of the accounts was opened in 2015, Smith could be investigated by Racing NSW and Queensland as he was licensed by both jurisdictions.

The inquiry notice said: “This is a unique set of circumstances not seen before in Australian racing. The coveting of a change of identity and subsequent volume of betting whilst licensed as a jockey is unprecedented.”

Smith has the right to appeal. 

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