TERRY Bailey, Racing Victoria’s chief steward, has often said that he and his integrity department operate “without fear or favour”.
It is an approach that has obviously created enemies.
Even suggestions of death threats, as recent as two months ago, surfaced today after the almost unfathomable news that the Templestowe home of Bailey, his wife and two teenage daughters, was sprayed with gunshots on Sunday night.
Undercover police have reportedly been monitoring the Bailey house in recent times. Obviously new levels of security must be provided to all those who role it is to maintain racing’s integrity
Bailey stoically told G1X.com.au’s Adrian Dunn it would take a lot more than gunshots to break down his resolve to police racing in the state of Victoria, and as he sees fit.
He told the media today that things like this “happen” in his role, a role he noted he had held, in one form or other, for 30 years. “Never a dull moment,” was his comment today, as he resolved to turn up for work as usual, and lead his team through the Melbourne Cup carnival.
He remains committed to providing a “level playing field” for all participants to ensure racing’s integrity is without question.
Hence he will continue to ask the hard questions and delve into difficult places.
As he said: “There are a lot of people relying on us to do our job so we will j...