JUST as the racing industry was coming to terms with the Damien Oliver scandal, it is now believed that embattled and outgoing Racing Victoria chief executive Rob Hines is expected to be appointed head media consultant for the industry from early in the new year.
It is understood Hines has the backing of the RVL board to take up the new role, but news of the position has not been greeted as enthusiastically by some industry stakeholders.
Hines’ four-year contract with RVL ends next week and his impending appointment comes as chairman Michael Duffy is being forced to defend the process undertaken by racing’s governing body in the Oliver case.
Questions have been raised over how Oliver was able to ride at this year’s Melbourne Cup carnival, including why RVL accepted a ”without prejudice” request from the jockey when no other licensed person in the industry is afforded the same privilege under the Australian rules of racing. Some leading trainers are outraged at the process and handling of the Oliver scandal.
On Tuesday afternoon, just hours after the Oliver hearing was concluded, Racing Minister Denis Napthine ordered a sweeping investigation into events surrounding and leading up to Tuesday’s hearing, and how RVL handled the matter.
Racing integrity commissioner Sal Perna confirmed the minister had ordered a review and the probe would start next week after the time limit on any appeal by Oliver has expired.
Oliver was banned for 10 months over a $10,000 bet he placed on a rival horse in a race in which he rode at Moonee Valley in 2010.
Meanwhile, the much-talked-about TVN dispute between Melbourne and Sydney racing stakeholders looks set to be resolved as early as next month.
And more than 500 two-year-olds remain in contention for a start in next year’s group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes. First declarations closed this week with five-time winning trainer David Hayes leading the charge with 47 nominations.
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