Bookies grilled over 2003 race
By TONY McMAHON firstname.lastname@example.org
THE Morning Bulletin has uncovered that chief Rockhampton racing steward John Wallis last Saturday interviewed some bookmakers who operated on the controversial All About Class race at Callaghan Park on April 12, 2003.
Seven bookmakers ? Vince Aspinall, Rob Crow, Brian Dobson, Paul Dowling, Darrell Hamilton, Bill Leyden and Michael Moulds ? fielded at the Saturday meeting when All About Class finished a close second at a non-TAB meeting.
All About Class' performance was dragged-into the DaubneyRafter Racing Inquiry and has been the centre of intense controversy as well as widespread southern media coverage over the last week.
At his next start on April 22, 2003, five bookmakers operated at Callaghan Park when All About Class scored an effortless win at a totally different potential betting medium ? a midweek meeting covered by TABs throughout Australia.
It was confirmed yesterday that Wallis opened Saturday's surprise inquiry acting on instructions from Dr Bob Mason, Queensland Racing's integrity services manager.
"Yes, Mr Wallis was acting under my authority as a result of requests from the Commission of Inquiry (DaubneyRafter).
"They require further information on the matter and, yes, I was aware of Saturday's inquiry going-on to gather information for the Commission. I cannot comment further," Dr Mason said. Wallis, part of a three-man stewards panel which in June 2003, retrospectively found All About Class' April 12 performance was "above board" seemingly went to unusual measures to avoid the press on Saturday.