$600 in Bonus Bets
Get your first bet matched with up to $600 in bonuses*
$500 Bonus Bet
Sign-up, deposit $500 & receive $500 in bonus bets. That's $1000 to bet with!*
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
Deposit $250, Bet with $550
Sign-up, deposit $250 & receive $300 in bonus bets. That's $550 to bet with!*
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly

Jockey Ben Melham has been asked to provide his phone records as Victorian stewards continue their probe into irregular betting patterns on Baron Archer in a race at Echuca.

Baron Archer was was laid heavily to lose the race on March 8 in which he finished third as a $2.80 chance.

Trainer Jason Warren was last month fined $17,500 for failing to tell stewards Baron Archer had undergone throat surgery at the end of his previous campaign.

Baron Archer has since been transferred to trainer Wez Hunter and won his second run for the stable at Sale on Sunday.

Melham’s ride on Baron Archer on March 8 has not come into question but Racing Victoria stewards are investigating calls on the previous evening and in the hours after the race.

As part of the investigation stewards are looking into communication between Melham and registered owner Nicolas Ectoros, an associate of suspended jockey Danny Nikolic.

Tania Hyett, Nikolic’s partner, was charged last week with placing 34 lay bets on Robert Smerdon-trained horses while registered as an employee of the stable.

Her Betfair account has been the subject of investigation into lay betting on the Baron Archer race.

Stewards interviewed Melham and Ectoros behind closed doors at Flemington on Saturday.

“As part of the investigation surrounding the phone records it was obvious to the stewards that some questions needed to be put to Mr Ectoros around communication between the two parties,” RV’s chief steward Terry Bailey told Melbourne radio station RSN.

“Obviously the stewards are concerned if there was any suggestion of inside information regarding Baron Archer’s chances on that particular day (then we) would be negligent in our duties if that area of investigation wasn’t pursued.”

Bailey said the investigation had not uncovered any evidence Ectoros had laid Baron Archer.

Ectoros was a part-owner of Smoking Aces who was the subject of a stewards inquiry after a successful betting plunge in a race at Cranbourne in April 2011 when he was ridden by Nikolic.

$300 in Bonus Bets
Get $300 in Bonus Bets when you join and deposit $250!*
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
  • DEPOSIT $500
    start betting
  • first bet
    up to
  • DEPOSIT $50
    start betting
  • DEPOSIT $250
    start betting
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Featured News

Over $5,000 in Bonus Free Bets

Just Horse Racing provides readers with the best Free Bet offers available at every online bookmaker in Australia during the...

Champion stallion dies after breaking leg

At the height of his powers and with a full book of mares to cover this spring, Hinchinbrook has died...

Amazing win as jockey loses irons mid race

One of the more amazing wins you will see happened at Cowra after jockey Akira Kajiya lost his irons mid...

US Navy Flag secures slot for The Everest

US Navy Flag has won the July Cup at Newmarket to confirm a trip to Australia to contest the $13...

Naturalism dies aged 29

Top-class racehorse and stallion Naturalism has died at Meringo Stud on the NSW south coast aged 29. “He retired from...

Copyright © 2018 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.