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Horse race cheat won't be jailed: judge

AAP logoAAP 28/07/2016 By By Margaret Scheikowski

A judge due to sentence the first two people to be charged under NSW race-fixing laws has indicated he won't jail a horse trainer for cheating in the 2013 Tamworth Cup.

Cody Glenn Morgan, whose partner is heavily pregnant, appeared relieved at the words of Acting Judge Colin Charteris, who said the 31-year-old had "considerable potential".

Morgan and family friend Robert James Clement, 51, were last month found guilty of engaging in conduct to corrupt the betting outcome of the Cup.

The crown contended they had an agreement to obtain a financial windfall and drenched Morgan's horse Prussian Secret just hours before it won the race.

Morgan also was found guilty of using corrupt conduct information to bet on an event, namely that he knew the horse had been treated, before he placed a $100 each-way bet on the race.

He was also convicted over an offence relating to treating Prussian Secret before the Gunnedah Cup in May 2013.

In Sydney's District Court on Thursday, Clement pleaded guilty to facilitating corrupt conduct in relation to a 2013 Tamworth harness race but asked that two matters be taken into account.

Morgan told the judge of his remorse, of how his parents had to sell a property to fund his trial and his ensuing psychological problems.

On Wednesday, Racing NSW stewards imposed a 15-month disqualification on Morgan but he's free to continue training now as he had already stood down for 18 months.

"I left school in year 9, I don't know a lot else," he said.

He had been an apprentice jockey, but was injured in a rodeo and is soon facing a 10th operation.

Crown prosecutor Jane Kripner said general deterrence was important, noting Morgan was primarily motivated by greed and the cheating attacked the integrity of racing.

Morgan's lawyer, Peter Skinner, submitted that the trainer now "is older and wiser" and a bond or community sentence would be appropriate.

He will be sentenced in Sydney on September 13, before Clement faces a sentence hearing.

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