GODOLPHIN jockey James McDonald (photo) is facing an inquiry into allegations he either bet on, or was involved in, a bet on a horse on which he won late last year.

Mcdonald, the rising young star among Sheikh Mohammed’s operation, champion jockey in Sydney, is being investigated over betting activity concerning a race won by a Godolphin newcomer called Astern at Royal Randwick last December.

The bay colt, trained by John O’Shea, principal trainer for Godolphin in Australia, was a convincing winner at 5-2, ridden by McDonald himself.

Racing New South Wales stewards announced the charges on Tuesday, immediately interviewing McDonald after acting on what was described as intelligence received.

Following the interview, Racing NSW stewards issued a charge against McDonald, citing a rule concerning penalising any rider “if he bets, or has any interest in a bet on any race or contingency relating to thoroughbred racing involving a race in which he is riding. For the purposes of this rule, a bet includes a lay bet”.

McDonald was not required to enter a plea and the stewards accepted his request to be permitted to voluntarily stand himself down from riding immediately, pending the hearing of the charge.

McDonald was not required to enter a plea. – Racing UK.


  1. All over the world, it seems, but particularly in Australia, stipendiary stewards “have nothing better to do”!! Nothing better than to act like members of the Secret Service, stalking other individuals for crookery and themselves “bringing the game into disrepute”. In my world they call it (plural used) “Small Penii Syndrome”, – a condition that results in feelings of inadequacy, a need to police others, a need to prove yourself always.

  2. God forbid a well backed favourite did not arrive, what would have happened then, the gallows. Small dick men a fair analogy Bruce