Harness racing identity to stand trial

An Illawarra harness racing identity has been committed to stand trial on race-fixing charges relating to the sport's long-running corruption scandal.

Greg William Bennett, of Woonona, pleaded not guilty in Sydney's Downing Centre on Tuesday to six counts of giving or offering a bribe and one charge of making a false representation resulting in a police investigation.

The Downing Centre Local Court heard there was sufficient evidence for Bennett to stand trial.

Bennett was subsequently committed to stand trial in the district court and will appear on March 8.

Under Bennett's bail conditions, he is not to approach or contact former stewards Paul O'Toole and Matthew Bentley or Plumpton man Michael Russo, driver Cameron Fitzpatrick and trainer Dean Atkinson in any way whatsoever or through a third person.

Bennett was arrested in November 2011 as part of Strike Force Tairora.

The force was established to complement Harness Racing NSW's investigations into claims that stewards received payment not to swab certain horses with the knowledge of some participants.

The then three-time NSW driver of the year was stood down two days before he was due to drive in the Miracle Mile, the state's biggest race.

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