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Sun Feb 19 23:47:07 WST 2006
Bartholomew's man in blue with bookie
By Craig Young c/ The Sydney Morning Herald
Australia's biggest punter, Sean Bartholomew, was involved in another betting-ring incident, yesterday, with the matter settled in the stewards' room following the last race at Randwick.
Bartholomew, who this week supplied stewards with betting records concerning the Robbie Waterhouse "bogus bets inquiry", lodged a complaint against long-serving bookmaker Henry Noonan, whose impeccable record proved vital.
The punter does not attend NSW race meetings because of laws barring on-course patrons accessing exchanges such as Betfair, but Bartholomew's on-course runner, Richard Irvine, was involved in a heated exchange with Noonan. The clash followed Noonan's refusal to lay Irvine, who puts the money on for Bartholomew, to lose the limit of $5000 on Pavlichenko, which was subsequently beaten in Panasonic Camcorder DVD Handicap.
Following the race, Irvine approached Noonan and asked, "What happened there?".
Bartholomew later told stewards he could hear the conversation because his employee had a mobile phone on.
Irvine confirmed Noonan had said the bet had been rejected because he had laid the horse with a couple of phone clients. Irvine asked Noonan who had backed the horse, which Irvine said had prompted the bookmaker to get "straight into giving it to me".
Chief steward Ray Murrihy then asked what exact words were used. Irvine replied: "You are a f- - -ing c - -t and I don't have to" [reveal the names of those who had backed the horse]. But the bookmaker did anyway.
Irvine alleged Noonan threatened him and recalled asking the bagman, "What? Have someone beat me?" To which the punter claimed the bookmaker replied: "No. I'll do worse than that."
Noonan, who said neither Bartholomew nor Irvine had credit with him, rejected the allegations and asked to speak to Murrihy privately, which was rejected. Noonan then stated: "Mr Bartholomew had four or five bets with me today." He said Irvine "does yell the bets out from a long way back" and "knocks people over" getting to the betting stand.
Noonan said he had "never threatened anyone" and had not even hired a debt collector to gather the $700,000 clients owed him. Noonan believed Irvine had misunderstood the retribution line, because it had been directed at Bartholomew, with the bookmaker informing stewards, "I think it will be worse when I go to the police". Murrihy sought clarification on this but Noonan wasn't about to explain the matter but did make it known he'd like to speak to stewards about it.
Asked by Murrihy if he'd used colourful language, Noonan replied: "No way did I swear at anytime." But Irvine was "100 per cent sure he called me a c- -t" and was "sure his bagman heard him".
Noonan's son Luke, who logs bets, said he had "just tuned out", while Peter Barnes, who worked the money bag, said he hadn't heard any swearing. Stewards took no action against either party, with Murrihy informing Noonan he had been "put on notice".
Perhaps Timmy Wells of the Betfair Forum should look into this..perhaps he could ban them and anyone "linked" to them
for life for swearing
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