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Hunter deadline expires tomorrow

By Adrian Dunn TVN Sunday, January 6, 2013 - 11:22 AM

ANOTHER chapter of the Damien Oliver betting scandal will unfold tomorrow when Racing Victoria stewards expect to receive information from professional punter Mark Hunter. 

Stewards have set a Monday deadline for Hunter to supply them with additional information arising from the controversial investigation. 

Hunter, who placed the $10,000 credit bet at Oliver’s request on Miss Octopussy at Moonee Valley on October 1, 2010, was requested mid-December to furnish further information to stewards. 

RV deputy chairman of stewards Rob Montgomery, who headed the Oliver investigation, said he would know more tomorrow at which direction this latest inquiry would head. 

Hunter received what Montgomery described as “concessions” for assisting stewards during their investigations into the Oliver bet. 

He has not been charged over his role in the Oliver bet, but trainer Robert Smerdon who was given about $11,000 cash by Hunter to give to Oliver, faces a RAD Board hearing on February 7 to answer a charge of conduct prejudicial to the image, interest and welfare of racing.

But, Montgomery told Racing Network on December 20 that if Hunter did not provide the additional information to the satisfaction of stewards those concessions were “out the window”.


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