Licensed jockey Bobby El-Issa has lodged an appeal against conviction and penalty after being found guilty by the stewards under AR135(b) after his ride on Soul Testa in Race 4 (Goulburn Express Freight Maiden Handicap, 1600m) at the Goulburn race meeting on Friday, 17 March 2017. On 15 May 2017, Mr El-Issa was suspended for a period of 4 months to commence on Sunday, 21st May 2017 and to expire on Thursday, 21st September 2017. On application of the Appellant, which was not opposed by the Stewards, the penalty imposed by Stewards is stayed until further order of the Panel. NOTE: This Appeal was heard on Tuesday, 13th June 2017 at the offices of Racing NSW and the panel has reserved its decision.
Licensed trainer Kent Fleming has lodged an appeal against conviction and penalty after being found guilty by the Stewards under AR178. Mr Fleming was disqualified for 3 years, thus allowing Mr Fleming to reapply for his trainers licence on 17 March 2020. This followed the detection of a prohibit substance in a pre-race urine sample taken from Pitbull prior to that gelding winning the Class 2 Handicap 1010m conducted at Ballina on 26 December 2016. An application from Mr Fleming for a Stay of Proceedings was opposed by Stewards. The Principal Member of the Appeals Panel granted an interim stay whilst the Appellant filed submissions. On 3 April 2017, the Principal Member granted a stay pursuant to LR 107(1)(a) until further order. NOTE: This Appeal was scheduled to be held tomorrow (Wednesday, 14th June 2017) at the offices of Racing NSW. Following an application from the Appellant (heard today by the Panel Principal Member Mr R Beasley SC) for an adjournment due to him changing his legal representation, so as to allow his new Legal representative time to prepare for the Appeal, the following orders were given: 1. The appeal date of 14 June 2017 is vacated 2. Appeal listed for Tuesday, 20 June 2017 commencing at 9:30am 3. Stay of proceedings continued until further ordered