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Warren Charged In Baron Archer Inquiry
Racing Victoria stewards have issued two charges against trainer Jason Warren in the Baron Archer inquiry, reports racing.com. The Mornington trainer is the first person charged as part of the investigation, days after stewards launched an inquiry into suspicious betting activity surrounding beaten favourite Baron Archer's run at Echuca in March. The 4YO, who is part-owned by AFL superstar Gary Ablett, was laid heavily to lose the race. Stewards allege Warren intentionally failed to report Baron Archer had undergone throat surgery before resuming at Echuca on March 8, and that he subsequently provided false and misleading evidence to stewards regarding the abnormal betting activity. The investigation has centred around a betting account in the name of Tania Hyett, the partner of suspended jockey Danny Nikolic. "Everyone knows how important it is these days to have information such as this," RV chairman of stewards Terry Bailey said. "Sometimes it's an oversight by trainers but we've done a big education process on it and it's working really well but we are concerned in this case there is more to it than just an oversight." The charges against Warren will be heard before the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board at a date to be fixed.