AustraliaDamion Flower, the racing identity accused of smuggling cocaine, owns horse with Alan Jones

04:10  24 may  2019
04:10  24 may  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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It is revealed racing identity Damion Flower — who yesterday spent his first night behind bars after being charged over his alleged connection with a cocaine smuggling syndicate — has shares in champion stallion Broadcaster Alan Jones and Damion Flower hold shares in the same race horse .

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Damion Flower, the racing identity accused of smuggling cocaine, owns horse with Alan Jones© AAP Image/Mick Tsika Alan Jones owns a horse with Damion Flower. Prominent racing identity Damion Flower has spent his first night in custody after being charged over his alleged involvement a multimillion-dollar international drug importation syndicate.

The horse racing industry has been rocked by the dramatic arrest of Mr Flower, who is alleged to have been involved in bringing more than 50 kilograms of cocaine into Sydney Airport.

Damion Flower, the racing identity accused of smuggling cocaine, owns horse with Alan Jones
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Mr Flower is a part-owner of champion race horse Snitzel, alongside horse breeder John Messara and broadcaster Alan Jones, who also hold shares in the stallion.

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Damion Flower , a Sydney Airport baggage handler, and a third man are accused of importing more The drugs were allegedly being smuggled into the country hidden in the baggage holds of Qantas Mr Flower , the managing owner of Jadeskye Racing and Platinum Park, is a well-known racing identity

Damion Flower owner of race horse Sandbar is seen at the 2018 Longines Golden Slipper Barrier Draw Rosehill Gardens race course in Sydney, Tuesday His lawyer Chris Watson told the court the incomes of 50 people who Flower co- owns horses with could be put at risk if he’s kept in custody.

Mr Jones rejected any accusations he was connected to Mr Flower in any other way saying he's had fewer than two conversations with him and only became a part owner in the horse when Mr Flower began to sell off his shares.

"John Messara, one of the greatest authorities in the world on breeding, had recognised the stallion's worth and proceeded to buy whatever shares became available," Mr Jones said.

"I also bought some. Such that Damion Flower, out of 40 shares, has only one left."

Mr Jones added that mentioning Mr Messara and himself in connection to Damion Flower was "bottom of the birdcage stuff".

Police say Mr Flower, a 47-year-old former baggage handler, was part of a plot to smuggle drugs on commercial flights from South Africa.

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High-profile Australian racehorse owner Damion Flower will remain behind bars for at least a week after Mafiti, 50, is accused of using his airside access to collect the cocaine from baggage holds. Camilla Flower , the wife of racehorse owner Damion Flower , leaves Liverpool Local Court in Sydney.

This includes Snitzel which Mr Flower part owns with broadcaster Alan Jones and prominent breeder John Messara, the former chairman of Racing NSW, the regulatory body for the thoroughbred industry. Mr Flower with his wife Camilla celebrating after a 2004 race win by their champion horse Snitzel.

He is facing six charges of importing a commercial quantity of a border controlled drug and did not apply for bail when he appeared at Liverpool Local Court yesterday.

Mr Flower owns shares in more than 50 racehorses as well as his own racing stable, Platinum Park, in the Hawkesbury.

Racing New South Wales says horses trained by his stable have been scratched and owner details are being checked to see if he has shares in other horses.

Racing NSW Chief Executive Peter V'landys says participants in the industry could be banned if they're deemed to have brought the sport into disrepute.

He says the organisation has "a no-fault stand-down rule similar to the NRL" and that it rejects "nominations from anyone who we think is not acting in the best interests of racing".

Mr Flower is also one of 12 slot holders in The Everest, one of the world's richest turf races.

"Racing NSW also has options in regards to The Everest slot but we need to consider all the information first so that we can make informed decisions on this matter," Mr V'landys said.

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