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12/2/2019 Newitt part of betting probe

Group 1 winner Craig Newitt is at the centre of a multi-state stewards investigation into the alleged betting activities of jockeys.

Newitt confirmed the news to RSN on Tuesday, indicating that a request had been made for him to front Racing Victoria stewards in the coming weeks.

“There’s not much I can say. I’m not too worried about it,” Newitt told RSN.

In a statement on Tuesday, Racing Victoria confirmed the ongoing investigation.

“Racing Victoria Stewards and the Tasmanian Office of Racing Integrity have been conducting a joint betting investigation over recent months. That investigation is ongoing and thus we won’t be commenting on the subject of our inquiries at this time.”

A winner of 35 Group 1 races in Australia and abroad on star gallopers including Lankan Rupee, Miss Andretti and Samaready, Newitt left Melbourne to resettle in Tasmania in 2017.

On Sunday, the 33-year-old steered Barry Campbell’s Eastender to victory in the Group 3 Hobart Cup (2400m).