RV respond to Spycam – ‘It’s just not true”
RV head of integrity at the time, Dayle Brown, told Racenet ‘It’s just not true”,
A story on Racenet on Tuesday morning featured a claim by former jockey and barrier attendant Michael Healy that as well as being approached to spy on the leading trainer of the time, Peter Moody, Healy was also asked whether he could do the same at Macedon Lodge.
Healy said he rejected both offers but confirmed the approaches.
“Terry Bailey put it to me to be a spy for them – his first words were, we want to put you into a stable – I said what stable?” Healy told Racenet of then RV chief steward Bailey.
“He said they were going to start at the top at Peter Moody’s because he was the number one trainer in Victoria.
“Then they named Macedon Lodge, Lloyd Williams’ stables, they specifically said Macedon Lodge.”
RV head of integrity at the time, Dayle Brown, who is now the chief executive of Harness Racing Victoria, told Racenet ‘It’s just not true, it’s rubbish’ while Bailey, who now is the chief steward in Singapore, refused to confirm the report.
Williams, who has won more Melbourne Cups than any other owner in history, was himself forceful when approached by Racenet for comment: “It is the greatest load of rubbish I have ever heard in my life.”
RV released a short statement on Tuesday afternoon in response to the Racenet story: “We’re on the record back in 2015 stating that the stewards considered the engagement of an individual to assist in surveillance, however, decided not to proceed with the concept and thus it never happened.
“Michael Healy was quoted in media reports back in 2015 suggesting that the individual considered was him. He spoke at the time of several Caulfield stables being discussed and has now suggested that Macedon Lodge was also mentioned.
“We note that Dayle Brown has stated within the media today that this allegation is untrue.”
Footnote; ThoroughbredRacing.com.au spoke to reporter Ben Dorries. Ben said he spent several hours with Michael Healy.
Racenet spoke to their legal team, checked the facts and did their due diligence before releasing the story.
See follow up story from Ben here