Bentley defiant as he faces second day of racing inquiry

BOB Bentley, the former president of Racing Queensland Limited, started his second day in the stand at the Queensland Racing Commission of Inquiry in defiant fashion.

His tone was often dismissive, his answers clipped and his face failing to hide the exasperation at the measured barrage from Counsel Assisting James Bell, QC.

Much of the session was spent in the discussion of an email Mr Bentley sent to the Tatts Group in which he is alleged to have disclosed internal legal RQL information to the betting giants.

The email was sent via a server in the United Kingdom.

The inquiry heard that Tatts had an agreement in place with Queensland Racing to use information like race fields but were allowed to retain more than $90 million in a bizarre fees deal.

Mr Bell told the inquiry QRL maintained the arrangement despite receiving legal advice it was open to legal challenge. He questioned the sense of paying more than a million dollars over a four-year period for legal advice that was not used.

Mr Bentley, who was also a board member of Tatts, denied any conflict of interest saying the original arrangement was made between Tatts and Queensland Race Product Co - a non-profit division of Racing Queensland.

Mr Bentley became visibly irate as the day progressed his shoulders slumping at Mr Bell's focused line of questioning and was obviously relieved when Commissioner Margaret White agreed to an early mark.

The inquiry continues on Monday.


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