$1m reward ‘right amount’ to coax Samba murder info: police

Police hope that uncovering what slain former horse trainer Les Samba did in the five hours before he died will lead them to his murderer.

Samba was gunned down on Beaconsfield Parade in Middle Park in February last year.

As reported in The Age today, police are investigating a string of top Australian horse-racing figures, including champion jockey Danny Nikolic, for alleged race fixing after a suspected race fix was uncovered during the probe into Samba’s murder.

Detective Senior Sergeant Stephen Cooper said police had been unable to determine the movements of Samba during a five hour period in the two days before his death.

Detective Senior Sergeant Cooper said race fixing may have been a motive for his murder.

He said the $1 million reward announced today was the “right amount” to coax someone with information about the murder to come forward.

Police are investigating allegations of race fixing relating to a race in Cranbourne in April last year.

Deputy Commissioner Graham Ashton said the race fixing probe was only focused on the race featuring horse Smoking Aces and jockey Danny Nikolic.

“It’s one race in a huge industry, we need to keep that in perspective,” Mr Ashton said.

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