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Danny Hobby "Warning-Off" Lifted After 17 Years

Wednesday, 27th July 2011

Racing & Wagering Western Australia’s Integrity Assurance Committee announced it has lifted the “warning-off” status of former jockey Alfred Danny Hobby “following application from Mr Hobby”. Hobby was the jockey who admitted controversial businessman-punter Laurie Connell paid him $5,000 to jump off Strike Softly in the 1983 Bunbury Cup (to allow Connell's horse Saratoga Express to win); almost a decade later, it was alleged in court that Hobby was paid over $600,000 by Connell to “spend 6 years on the run through 17 countries” to avoid returning to Australia & face an inquiry. In its determination yesterday, RWWA’s IAC considered: Hobby has been warned-off for 17 years; it is 19 years since Hobby was convicted “for his actions associated with the incident in Bunbury & 28 years since the actual incident in respect of Strike Softly in the 1983 AHA Cup in Bunbury”; Hobby was a 19-year-old apprentice at the time of the racing offence & “the subject of some significant pressure from, and under the influence of then influential people in the racing industry”; Hobby has not breached any restrictions during his warning-off & has not sought to be licensed in any capacity; Hobby’s “involvement with the community during his period of warning-off, including service to many local organisations”; & RWWA stewards are not opposing Hobby’s warning-off status being lifted.

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