Alleged NRL match-fixing winnings linked to racing bet
RACING: A Corbould Park bookmaker says he saw no suspicious betting activity on track, despite reports that proceeds of an under-investigation NRL match had been plunged on a Caloundra-trained runner in May.
The NRL Integrity Unit and New South Wales Police are investigating a winning $18,000 bet placed on a match between Manly and Parramatta on April 14.
Betting records show the wager on the Eels in April returned $41,400 which was collected at Tuggerah TAB after being divided into five TAB vouchers.
It is alleged 21-year-old Umina man Jordan Tulk, an associate of former Eels' marquee player Kieran Foran and his brother Liam, redeemed the value of the vouchers on May 4 later plunging the entire amount on the four-year-old gelding Brazen, the top weight favourite in the last race Butler McDermott Lawyers Class 4 handicap over 1800m at Corbould Park and ridden by Blake Spriggs.
The winning bet reportedly bagged the punters $95,000.
It is alleged some of the winnings were placed in Foran's TAB account.
News Corp reported that Foran had denied any wrongdoing and the funds placed in his account were simply from his "winnings on Brazen".
Con Searle - a bookmaker with almost 50 years experience in Queensland - was fielding on the day and said although he had been to "many" meetings since, he could recall the race on May 4.
But he doesn't recall any suspicious betting activity or large bets placed on Brazen at Caloundra.
"It was a Wednesday meeting and I was working upstairs in the members area, I wasn't in the main area," he said.
Early money meant some bookmakers opened the horse as short as $2.30 in the final betting market, but as Searle remembers, the horse did drift to start an easing $2.70 favourite.
He said it was unusual for the flow-on effect of a $41,000 bet - even if it was on the New South Wales TAB - to not have impacted on the market on track.
"Normally there would be (a flow-on) but I'd say there wasn't any (significant) money on track," he said.
"From memory, that horse got out in the market. I think that young jockey (Blake Spriggs) rode the horse. I thought 'that's strange he's riding here'."
Spriggs rode for trainer David Vandyke regularly in Sydney and had flown to the Coast for just one ride on Brazen in the final race of the day. The win was one of Vandyke's first after relocating his Warwick Farm stables to Corbould Park just before the Queensland Winter Racing Carnival.
There is no suggestion Vandyke's stable was linked to the bets placed.