If they are found guilty of the charges, they may face years of disqualification from racing.
The phone records of Hyeronimus, tendered as evidence, revealed how often the two communicated, usually by texts. It is also alleged Hyeronimus tipped other sportsmen, who stewards said included a famous cricketer, a famous footballer and an ex-footballer, at various stages over the four years.
However, it was a winning bet on Limbo Soul on February 22, 2017, a place bet on Belflyer and a win bet on Sovereign Nation on August 12 later that year where stewards argue their story started to fall apart.
Chief steward Marc Van Gestel read the message from August 12 from Hyeronimus to Paine into evidence.
“Have a 100 all-up for me, Selita, Menari and Casino race 6 number 12 Belflyer, that’s the tip,” was the message the jockey sent.
“Doesn’t that indicate it’s your bet?” Van Gestel asked Hyeronimus.
“No sir,” he replied.
Paine and Hyeronimus joked of the $419 odds for the bet, which lost, in text messages. Hyeronimus then asked his cousin to send a picture of the bet to his phone.
“Send me the multi,” Hyeronimus texted. He received a picture of the bet.
“Why did you need to see the the bet?” Van Gestel asked.
“I can see how it looks like my bet but isn’t,” Hyeronimus said.
Stewards allege Paine also had a $500 place on Belflyer that day after $1100 was moved into his bank account from Hyeronimus. According to the stewards, he couldn’t get set at Sportsbet for another $500 at $5 odds, so was told by Hyeronimus to put the money on a tip Paine had from Melbourne on Sovereign Nation.
“Put that money on it,” the jockey texted.
Under questioning, he refused to admit it was his bet. By the end of that day, there was $3500 in Paine’s account.
“You’ve got 3.5k,” Paine texted Hyeronimus that night.
A couple of days later, Paine made two withdrawals from the Sportsbet account amounting to $1900. He said he kept the money himself.
Earlier that year, Hyeronimus was in the saddle when the Tim Martin-trained Limbo Soul was backed from $26 to $3.20 when it won on debut.
“Timmy had been telling me for six weeks it would win and told me not to tell anyone,” Hyeronimus said. He admitted he told Paine and his wife.
Bank records show Hyeronimus moved $500 into Paine’s account the day before the race. On the morning of the race, he texted Paine: “How did you go?”
“Fixed still not up yet,” was the reply. It was followed by another text: “$9 fixed $11 boost.”
Finally Paine sent a message “Got 8s.”
That evening, Paine texted the jockey: “I had 100 on it as well.” Paine took $4000 cash out of the account, the amount that would have been won for a $500 bet, but said he couldn’t remember what he did with it.
Another charge involved a horse called Lucky Fish, which was galloped the morning of its race to the pair’s dismay.
“I would have been filthy if it won with nothing on,” Hyeronimus texted Paine after Lucky Fish was beaten.
Hyeronimus labeled the deposits into Paine’s bank account as “gift”, “savings” and, on one occasion, “paintball”. It amounted to more than $15,000 over four years, according to stewards.
On most occasions, stewards allege the money was moved to a second bank account by Paine before being deposited into his Sportsbet account.
The jockey said he trusted Paine to hold money from him, as he would spend it if it was in his account. He said they were square because Paine had paid him back.
Paine and Hyeronimus’ lawyers called evidence from forensic accountant Brett Goodyear to explain the movement of money from the jockey’s account to his cousin, which coincided with bets being placed.
Goodyear said under his brief he could not find causation between the deposits and bets because there was money in Paine’s accounts, but admitted there was a correlation in the movement of the money to the bets.
The inquiry will continue with final submissions on Tuesday. Findings are not expected until later in the week.
Racing writer for The Sydney Morning Herald