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Turf Scandal in Melbourne.

Melbourne, June 3. An action to 'recover £5000 damages for slander was commenced in the Melbourne Supreme Court on the 2nd inst., before Mr Justice Williams and a jury of twelve. The plaintiff is Patrick Kelly, a trainer.,of racehorses, and the defendant is James B. Gill, a station owner in the Western District. Kelly trained the horse Moorebank, for the last Caulfield Cup. It ran up into the L position of favourite in the betting, and was heavily backed by a syndicate, consisting of Gill and Broadribb. The horse came in last but two, and Gill on several subsequent occasions publicly spoke of Kelly in strong terms. He called him a thief and a scoundrel, alleging that he had " stuffed " the horse so as to destroy its chance of winning. The matter was enquired into by the stewards and the charge was found not sustained. The evidence for the defence given by O'Hara and Broadribb showed that Kelly informed the syndicate that Moorebank was even a " better thiiig than Ben Bolt," but that before the race it became evident to them that there was some mystery, and that the horse was never intended to win. The plaintiff, inhis evidence, denied that he was ever offered any inducement by the " ring " to " stop " the horse. That the plaintiff was offered such inducement, or that he said he had been, was sworn to not only by the members of the syndicate but by the owner who leased the horse to Kelly. It was at the Victorian Club that Kelly, according to the evidence, told Broadribb and Dr. O'Hara that he had been offered £700 by Alfred Joseph, a well-known bookmaker, to " stop " the horse, and the story of the Wilsons, the owners, was that on the morning of the race Kelly told /them that he could get them £700 or £1000 if they would consent to^scratch the horse. To this suggestion Wilson, senr., replied, that he would rather cut his' thrpat than scratch the horse, for he had "laid on" a number of his friends ;" and then Kelly advised him to "lay 11 off his bets and " stand on velvet." It came out in evidence that the syndicate had backed Moorebank for £10,000, and that Broadribb himself stood to win £40,000. The jury gave verdict for £5 and; costs.- , . ; > ;

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Turf Scandal in Melbourne., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2448, 23 June 1890

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Turf Scandal in Melbourne. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2448, 23 June 1890