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Chief steward Terry Bailey has confirmed controversial jockey Danny Nikolic has been barred by police from setting foot on any Victorian racetrack.

Bailey said he had received a letter from Victoria Police last week informing stewards of the decision.

Bailey said the police order would work the same way as a disqualification or warning off imposed by racing authorities.

“It would be no different to someone that’s disqualified or warned off under our Rules of Racing, which don’t allow them to attend racecourses and between the integrity department and race clubs it is policed that way,” Bailey told Melbourne radio station RSN.

“And if someone does come onto a racecourse that’s disqualified or warned off, or in this case an exclusion order, they’ll be asked to leave.”

Bailey said he understood the order had already been served to Nikolic and would be effective immediately.

A Caulfield Cup-winning jockey, Nikolic was disqualified from racing for two years after being found guilty of threatening Bailey at a Seymour race meeting in 2012.

He incurred a further penalty for offensive conduct towards another steward outside a hearing room at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal during an appeal against the two-year ban.

Nikolic is believed to have made application for a jockeys’ licence in Queensland.

“That’s a matter for Queensland,” Bailey said.

“I understand he’s got an application on foot up there and they are giving it due consideration. So it’s a matter for the authorities in Queensland.”

 
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