ONE of Australia's top racing officials is to meet New South Wales detectives in a bid to obtain law-enforcement information that details corrupt payments made by drug boss Tony Mokbel to champion jockey Jimmy Cassidy.
Chief NSW steward Ray Murrihy will today ask racing investigators from the NSW Police organised crime squad to help him obtain any law-enforcement information that could enable him to investigate Cassidy over allegations he was paid by Mokbel in return for giving him inside information about his mounts.
The meeting follows revelations in The Sunday Age that federal police had, in 2006, discovered that a Melbourne gangland figure turned police informer had hand-delivered secret payments from Mokbel to Cassidy, who will ride the favourite Glencadam Gold in the Caulfield Cup this weekend.
''The matters that are alleged are matters of a very serious nature. There is no statute of limitations and, while the allegations go back a number of years, if there is an allegation that a jockey has involvement in tipping to a crime figure, we want the information,'' Mr Murrihy told The Age.
He expressed his frustration at a situation that faces NSW stewards and Victorian racing officials - the inability of stewards to access or act on information about racing corruption held by police.
Victorian government sources told The Age that Victoria's Racing Integrity Commissioner, Sal Perna, is likely to detail similar frustrations in his report examining race fixing.
''It is an enormous frustration. Racing stewards are on the front line but there is certain information that comes from sources beyond what the stewards have access to, and we find it very frustrating that this information can't be shared with us,'' Mr Murrihy said.
The gangland informer, who was convicted of murder and agreed to testify over the 2003
killings of Jason Moran and Pasquale Barbaro, told federal law-enforcement authorities that he was once given $25,000 by Mokbel to give to Cassidy in return for inside information on his races.
The rules of racing prohibit jockeys selling inside information about their races.
The informer said he flew to Sydney with the money and gave it to Cassidy.
Mr Murrihy said he would consider sending one of his officials to meet the informer in jail as part of an investigation into the claims.
''We have certainly in the past used our own racecourse detective to visit prison to interview people,'' he said.
Victorian racing authorities said on Sunday they were interested in pursuing any police information about alleged payments to Cassidy.
Cassidy, who has publicly denied receiving the money or giving tips to Mokbel, has never been held to account, despite at least three policing agencies having evidence showing it happened.
It is the second time Mr Murrihy has tried to get policing agencies to hand over information showing Cassidy received up to $100,000 from Mokbel between the late-1990s and mid-2000s.
In 2008, after The Age revealed that Victoria Police had information showing Cassidy was on Mokbel's payroll, Mr Murrihy wrote to then commissioner Christine Nixon asking for the information.
He also wrote to the Australian Crime Commission in the belief that it, too, had information implicating Cassidy in racing corruption. The commission and Ms Nixon refused to hand over the information.
Mr Murrihy said that since then the NSW police had set up a new racing and gaming unit.
''It may be that such information can be provided to a body like that,'' he said.
When Cassidy was interviewed by Mr Murrihy in 2008 about his association with Mokbel, the jockey denied taking money from him. But The Age is aware of information held by several policing agencies that shows Cassidy was lying when he made his denials.