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RV To Lay Charges In Baron Archer Probe
Racing Victoria chief steward Terry Bailey says he expects charges to be laid as an investigation into the suspicious betting activity surrounding beaten favourite Baron Archer's run at Echuca in March nears its conclusion, reports racing.com. Stewards became concerned with the betting patterns in the race, where the $2.80 favourite came third in a five-horse field on Sunday, 8 March. The 4YO gelding, who is part-owned by AFL superstar Gary Ablett, was laid heavily to lose while stewards later became aware that Baron Archer had undergone a throat operation before resuming at Echuca. Trainer Jason Warren had failed to inform them before the race. Bailey said that, with the exception of the main race on the day, the Echuca Cup, there were up to three times as many bets placed on the race than any other event on the card. "In all likelihood the investigation is heading towards charges being laid and we can give you more information on that when that happens," Bailey told RSNs Racing Ahead yesterday morning. "I would say the next seven days, whatever falls out of it, will fall out. There's two accounts of interest that we're looking at. The accounts are familiar to us." He added, "The investigation pretty much went into swing straight after the race - our control room back at headquarters notified the stewards at Echuca about the fairly large matching of bets against Baron Archer to lose and the inquiry started on the day in question."