Eddie Hayson banned for six months by Racing NSW in fallout from More Joyous inquiry

Eddie Hayson leaves NSW Racing headquarters after giving evidence at the More Joyous inquiry in May. Photo: Kate GeraghtyPunter and brothel owner Eddie Hayson has been warned of racecourses for six months by Racing NSW as the fall out from the More Joyous inquiry continues.

Hayson was a key witness in the inquiry claiming he had been told by two sources that the Gai Waterhouse-trained More Joyous had problems in the lead-up to the All-Aged Stakes, where she only beat one runner home despite being the favourite.

After the race, the horse’s owner John Singleton spectacularly dumped Waterhouse claiming her son and prominent bookmaker Tom Waterhouse had inside information regarding the health of the star mare.

The allegations led Racing NSW to open an inquiry.

At the inquiry, Hayson refused to reveal the names of two people to stewards, one of which was allegedly connected to the Waterhouse stable, and Racing NSW took action against him for obstructing and hindering an investigation.

“Racing NSW is on record time and again as saying integrity in this industry is paramount. Accordingly, no individual’s interest should outweigh the confidence of the public, and particularly punters, in the integrity of the industry,” said Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’landys.

“This was a very important matter. A particular line of enquiry that Stewards wished to pursue couldn’t proceed, because of the actions of Mr Hayson.

“By refusing to co-operate, he left Racing NSW with little option but to issue a determination; one that is intended to protect the industry by acting as a deterrent to Mr Hayson and others about similar conduct.”

The ban means Hayson can not enter racecourses or training centres, can not own an interest in a thoroughbred or place bets on thoroughbred racing.

Hayson appeared with his legal team at the show cause hearing last week, where he was given the opportunity to state why he should not be warned off.

‘‘I am not actually upset at all. I haven’t been to the races in three years,’’ said Hayson.

‘‘It’s an absolute joke, to be honest. They had already made up their minds.

“What have I done? They say it’s because I didn’t supply the two names. If I did they would have lost their jobs. All they were telling me was what they thought was the truth. It turned out to be true.

“It is not my fault that the horse was not presented in a fit and proper manner.”

Hayson is the only person to banned from racing because of the More Joyous inquiry.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.

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