Jockey Danny Nikolic has admitted he “cleaned up” evidence given to an earlier inquiry into threats he allegedly made to Victoria’s chief racing steward.
At an appeal against a disqualification handed down by racing authorities, Nikolic acknowledged he had abused chief steward Terry Bailey calling him a “f***ing grub” and a “c***” at a race meeting earlier this year.
The Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeals Tribunal (VCAT) is hearing Nikolic’s appeal against a two year disqualification imposed after he was found guilty of threatening Bailey.
The Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board (RAD) accepted Bailey’s evidence that Nikolic had said: “We all have families c*** and we know where yours lives c***.”
At the RAD hearing Nikolic denied he had threatened Bailey or abused him.
But in evidence led by his lawyer Jack Rush QC at Wednesday’s appeal, Nikolic agreed he had abused Bailey.
“In front of the RAD Board I cleaned it up,” Nikolic said.
The abuse came at a race meeting at Seymour on September 4 at which Nikolic was stood down over the alleged threat.
In earlier evidence Nikolic agreed he had made a joke as he rode a horse past Bailey during the meeting and said: “Keep your eyes on the road, Terry”.
Bailey opened an inquiry into that incident and claimed Nikolic later approached him and made the threat.
The hearing is continuing.