Jockey Ben Melham has been asked by Racing Victoria (RV) stewards to provide his phone records as part of the investigation into the Baron Archer betting probe.

Melham rode Baron Archer when the horse finished third first up in the VOBIS Murray River Gold(1400m) at Echuca in March, the race in which stewards are investigating an alarming betting drift into the previously unbeaten gelding.

While Melham’s ride on the horse is not under investigation, RV Chief Steward Terry Bailey said the jockey was asked to supply his phone records for both the previous evening and the hours after the race on Sunday, March 8, 2015.

Bailey said both Melham and registered owner Nicolas Ectoros – an associate of suspended jockeyDanny Nikolic, were questioned at Flemington on Saturday in regards to the Baron Archer investigation.

“As part of the investigation surrounding the phone records it was obvious to the stewards that some questions needed to be put to Mr Ectoros around communication between the two parties and that line of questioning continued on Saturday at Flemington,” Bailey told’s Shane Anderson on RSN’s Racing Ahead.

“The phone records indicate that there was communication between the two and that was then obvious to the stewards to then investigate that area of the case in itself.

“The stewards will review the transcripts and decide if there is anything worth pursuing. Obviously if there’s any suggestion of inside information in regards to Baron Archer’s chances on that particular day it’s something that we would be negligent in our duties if that area of the investigation wasn’t pursued.”

Bailey said Ectoros’ betting records were already a part of the investigation and the line of questioning concerning what activity, if any, that he had in regards to the race in question at Echuca.

Ectoros was the part-owner of retired gelding Smoking Aces, who was the subject of a 2012 steward’s investigation into allegations of race fixing from a race at Cranbourne in which Danny Nikolic rode the horse.

Nikolic’s partner Tania Hyett was recently charged by RV stewards for laying horses trained byRobert Smerdon while she was a registered stable employee.

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