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No big finish but beaut racehorse inquiry

Singo, Waterhouse charged but Johns, Hayson, Robinson evidence comes to nought

Mamas, don’t let your babies grow up to be lawyers

Make ’em be trainers and bookies and such

Chris Murphy

RACEHORSE owner John Singleton copped a guilty plea but Gai Waterhouse is protesting her innocence.
As I predicted in earlier posts, Waterhouse and Singleton were both charged at the NSW Racing inquiry into the failure of millionaire mare More Joyous.
If I had that sort of excellent form for punting on horses, I’d be a wealthy man – and probably not writing this report.
Singleton has come out of this affair quite nicely. He was talked out of putting $100,000 on his failing horse More Joyous. He was fined 15k for bringing horse racing into disrepute. He is 85 grand in front and enjoyed himself immensely playing the lovable larrikin.
As loyal readers of my posts will remember, I predicted trainer Gai Waterhouse would retire or scale down her racing empire, after the inquiry. By an unexpected circumstance, I could be proved right for the treble.
We all expected Waterhouse to be charged for not doing her homework by omitting from her exercise book treatment on More Joyous. She left it out of her essay What I Did in My Stable this Week.
She was charged with that but also with the far more serious offence of ‘fail to report to the stewards any condition or occurrence that may affect the running of a horse in a race.’
Most of us thought Waterhouse would escape this charge as her vet gave evidence that More Joyous’s ailment and treatment were ‘routine’
But that conditional ‘may’ can be a real bastard. Now Waterhouse has to prove the condition or incidence had zero probability, within a margin of error, of affecting the performance of More Joyous. Waterhouse has pleaded innocence and her lawyers will argue the toss next week.
Gai ran true to recent form and, indignant, she said she had done nothing wrong in 20 years, a claim Mother Teresa might have had trouble substantiating in her best two decades.
The stewards found no fault against Waterhouse’s bookmaking son Tom.
They fed peanuts to the elephant in the room, the rumours about the direction of the evidence of football Immortal Andrew Johns, ex-jockey Allan Robinson and brothel owner/ big punter Eddie Hayson.
Johns tried to please everyone by saying Tom Waterhouse told him the bookie did not like the chances of More Joyous. Johns said Waterhouse never said the horse was ‘off’.
The smart money was on Johns saying this but colourful Sydney lawyer Chris Murphy begged to differ. Murphy was representing ex-jockey Robinson and the lawyer had expectations of exposure of dirty deeds.
Murphy tweeted, ‘Some days I wish I wasn’t a lawyer. This is one of those days. Think I’ll go take a long hot shower.’
He was disappointed in Johns. ‘Please disregard anything positive I may have ever tweeted in positive expectation re Andrew Johns. He had his chance,’ he tweeted.’
Without support from Johns, Murphy nixed additional evidence from Robinson after stewards refused to bring back punter Eddie Hayson to the room to hear what Robinson had to say.
Befuddled readers are wondering what Hayson has to do with this inquiry. I could tell you but the defamation lawyers are circling. Suffice to say Hayson and one other person are central to the conspiracy theory which Chris Murphy believes to be true.
If Gai Waterhouse is found guilty that theory may yet get its first full public hearing.

Expensive deeds

Speak hastily and regret leisurely

Andrew Johns Tom Waterhouse John Singleton Gai Waterhouse:
The stars shine not too bright
Andrew Johns: “Matey, have I said too much?”

The Great Gatsby is the latest film from Aussie director Baz Luhrmann. He could follow up with The Great Gai, an epic saga of the horseracing feud of the Waterhouses and owner John Singleton.
One moral lesson from the tale is we all need to show more respect for words, or, in Rastafarian terminology, The Word, which is Holy.

In my last post I asked whether bookmaker Tom Waterhouse, son of The Great Gai, was loose with his words when he said he backed his Mum’s horse, More Joyous. To back a horse usually means putting money on it. Bookmakers get to drive Maseratis by taking bets on racehorses not by making them.
I surmised in my latest blog. Tom Waterhouse may have meant he offered generous odds about More Joyous’s main opponent All Too Hard which duly won the All Aged Stakes at Randwick racecourse on Saturday. As I wrote then, that is not the same as backing More Joyous.
It is not only Tom Waterhouse who needs to .more precise with words.
Owner of More Joyous John Singleton has said he took all his horses from trainer The Great Gai because three of his mates told him Tom Waterhouse had told them More Joyous could not win. Singleton implied The Great Gai had told her son as much.
So far, only retired jockey Allan “Robbo” Robinson has put up his hand for contacting Singleton.
But Robinson received his information, second, third or fourth hand, not from Tom Waterhouse himself.
Rugby league, the main football code in Australia, is at the centre of the timeline of the “who-said what to whom”. Rugby league players, coaches and supporters have long been known as gamblers. In the late 1960s and early 1970s it was rumoured that half the illegal SP gambling on racehorses in Sydney was owned by a rugby league coach. The rumour mill said a former Premier (state leader) of New South Wales controlled the other half.
Former rugby league champion player Andrew “Joey” Johns commentates for the Channel 9 television network on which Tom Singleton heavily advertises his sports and racing bookmaking.
On Thursday afternoon when Channel 9 was broadcasting a game, Johns had a quick conversation with Waterhouse at the match. 
On television a few days later, Johns said Waterhouse had told him More Joyous was “crook” an Australian expression meaning “ill”. Johns later said it was a poor choice of words and I believe him. Joey is a witty exponent of Australian vernacular but he is no latter day Shakespeare.
This is what I believe is a fair recreation of the brief conversation between the two last Thursday.
Johns: “G’dday, Tom. Whaddya like for Randwick on Saturday.” Joey’s a punter and he wants to back a winner.
Waterhouse is a bookmaker. He wants to see favourites beaten. “What I don’t like, Joey, are It’s A Dundeel. More Joyous and All Too Hard.” 
Bagman Waterhouse is yet to concede he bagged More Joyous on Thursday. But that does not matter. He could have developed a whirlwind romance with the prospects of his mother’s mare by Saturday.
Whatever Waterhouse said to Johns, the ex-footballer repeated a version of it to someone in a crowded room at the next night’s football match. Jockey Robinson, who was in the room, rang Singo on Saturday morning to tell him about it.
So no one is yet to substantiate Singleton’s version that he heard from one person, let alone three people, that Waterhouse had said More Joyous could not win.
Waterhouse spoke in his paid ad on television after the football on Friday night. He said he thought the long odds-on favourite It’s A Dundeel was not a good thing. He was proven right as it was beaten the next day. He said he thought All Too Hard was a good risk. He was proven wrong. He was ambivalent on More Joyous. He said it was a good chance but he thought the third favourite Epaulette might win.  
That television tape is on the public record and Waterhouse seems pretty safe from accusations of wrong- doing at Monday’s racing stewards’ inquiry
Joey Johns is lamenting his wrong use of words and I am waiting Waterhouse’s interpretation of backing More Joyous.
Trainer The Great Gai has said nothing publicly on the matter. Perhaps the Matriarch is the wisest of all.
And I get to play one of the greatest Australian songs of all time. I could barely be more joyous.