Group One winning trainer arrested

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    FORMER prominent trainer Stuart Hunter been arrested as a result of a Police investigation into alleged race fixing.

    Hunter has been charged with fixing races at Albion Park and Globe Derby. He is the fourth Queensland-based participant to be charged with race fixing in recent months.

    Mathew Neilson is due face court charged with one count of match fixing, while last month Barton Cockburn pleaded guilty to fixing two races.

    Last October media man Marshall Dobson was charged under the Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act for allegedly running a fake betting account worth millions.

    Dobson is due to return to court next week, with investigators alleging the laundering dates back a decade.

    Along with race fixing, Hunter faces a charge of fraud and two counts of receiving tainted property for his alleged involvement in the fraudulent purchasing of horses while disqualified.

    Hunter is best-known for his association with former top pacer, Flashing Red.

    He was released on bail to appear in the Redcliffe Magistrates Court early in the New Year.

    Queensland Racing Integrity Commission’s Ross Barnett has commended all involved with each of the investigation for their hard work to stamp out people to damage the integrity of the sport.

    “We are here to ensure that all participants can be confident that they’re on a level playing field,” Barnett said. “I’d like to congratulate once again the RCS and the Commission’s stewards for their work.”

    • PAUL COURTS

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