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Appeals Updates (Friday, 24th February 2017)

Before the Racing NSW Appeal Panel

Licensed Jockey Bobby ElÍssa has lodged an appeal against conviction and penalty after being found guilty by the Stewards acting under AR137(a) following his ride on Star Bolt in Race 6 at Kembla Grange Racecourse on Tuesday, 3 January 2017. Bobby ElÍssa was suspended for a period to commence Saturday, 7 January 2017 and to expire on Saturday, 21 January 2017 on which day he may ride. 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. On the application of the appellant the appeal was withdrawn, following which the Panel issued the following Orders: 1. Leave granted to the Appellant to withdraw his appeal against the finding of guilt made by Stewards on 3 January 2017; 2. Finding of guilt made by Stewards is confirmed; 3. Leave granted to the Appellant to withdraw his appeal against the penalty imposed by Stewards on 3 January 2017; 4. Penalty of licence suspension for seven (7) meetings imposed by Stewards is confirmed, such suspension to commence on Monday 27 February 2017 and to expire on Sunday 12 March 2017 on which day he may ride; 5. Appeal deposit of $200 is forfeited.

Licensed Trainer Con Karakatsanis has lodged an appeal against a disqualification imposed on him by Stewards acting under AR175(a). Mr Karakatsanis was disqualified for 4 months to expire on 12 January 2017. On the application of the appellant, which was not opposed by Stewards, the penalty imposed by Stewards is stayed until further order of the Panel. This appeal was heard on Monday, 20 February 2017 and the Panel has reserved its decision.

Owner Angelis Vasili has lodged an appeal against a disqualification imposed on him by Stewards acting under AR175(a). Mr Vasili was disqualified for 4 months to expire on 12 January 2017. On the application of the appellant, which was not opposed by Stewards, the penalty imposed by Stewards is stayed until further order of the Panel. This appeal was heard on Monday, 20 February 2017 and the Panel has reserved its decision.

Licensed Trainer Con Karakatsanis has lodged an appeal against a disqualification imposed on him by Stewards acting under AR175(g). Mr Karakatsanis was disqualified for 6 months to expire on 20 June 2017. On the application of the appellant, which was opposed by Stewards, the penalty imposed by Stewards is stayed until further order of the Panel. This appeal was heard on Tuesday, 21 February 2017 and the Panel has reserved its decision.

Licensed Trainer Con Karakatsanis has lodged an appeal against the conviction and penalty on a disqualification imposed on him by Stewards acting under AR178E(1). Mr Karakatsanis was disqualified for 12 months to expire on 9 February 2018. On the application of the appellant, which was not opposed by Stewards, the penalty imposed by Stewards is stayed until further order of the Panel. This appeal was heard on Tuesday, 21 February 2017 and the Panel has reserved its decision.

Licensed Apprentice Jockey Rachel King has lodged an appeal against penalty after being found guilty by the Stewards acting under AR137(a) following her ride on Comics in Race 7 at Kembla Grange Racecourse on Saturday, 10 December 2016. Rachel King was suspended for a period to commence Tuesday, 20 December 2016 and to expire on Thursday, 29 December 2016 on which day she may ride. 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. This appeal has been set down for Monday, 6 March 2017 at 9.30am at the office of Racing NSW.

Licensed Jockey Paul King has lodged an appeal against conviction and penalty after being found guilty by the Stewards acting under AR135(b) following his ride on Samar More in Race 5 at the Newcastle Jockey Club meeting on Saturday, 19 November 2016. Paul King was suspended for a period to commence Monday, 19 December 2016 and to expire on Thursday, 19 January 2017 on which day he may ride. 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. This appeal has been set down for Monday, 6 March 2017 not before 10.30am at the office of Racing NSW.

Licensed Jockey James McDonald has lodged an appeal against penalty after being found guilty by the Stewards acting under AR83(d) following him having an interest in a bet on the horse Astern to win in Race 1 Surf Meets Turf Plate at Royal Randwick on Saturday, 5 December 2015. James McDonald was disqualified for a period of 18 months to commence on 15 November 2016 and to expire on 15 May 2018. This Appeal has been set down for Monday, 13 March 2017 at 9.30am at the office of Racing NSW.

Veterinarian Dr David Garth has lodged an appeal against conviction and penalty after being fined $15,000 by the Racing NSW Stewards. Dr Garth had pleaded guilty to a charge under AR175(h)(ii) that he did administer the prohibited substance ketorolac to the racehorse Yankee Rose which was detected in a post-race urine sample taken from Yankee Rose following the filly running and being placed second in the Group 1 Flight Stakes conducted at Royal Randwick racecourse on 1 October 2016. This Appeal has yet to be set.

Licensed Trainer David Vandyke has lodged appeals against the severity of penalties imposed on him by the Racing NSW Steward acting under AR175(h)(ii) & AR178, being a total penalty of $25,000. Mr Vandyke had pleaded guilty to charges under AR175(h)(ii) & AR178 that, as the trainer of Yankee Rose, he did cause to be administered the prohibited substance ketorolac to the racehorse Yankee Rose which was detected in a post-race urine sample taken from Yankee Rose following the filly running and being placed second in the Group 1 Flight Stakes conducted at Royal Randwick racecourse on 1 October 2016 as he engaged veterinarian Dr David Garth to administer the prohibited substance ketorolac and that he brought Yankee Rose to Royal Randwick racecourse on 1 October 2016 for the purpose of engaging in the Group 1 Flight Stakes and the prohibited substance ketorolac was detected in a post-race urine sample taken from Yankee Rose following the filly running and being placed second in that race, respectively. This Appeal has yet to be set.

Licensed Trainer Garry McCarney has lodged an appeal against the penalty after being found guilty by the Stewards of two counts under AR178. Mr McCarney was disqualified for 15 months for both offences, thus allowing Mr McCarney to reapply for his trainers licence on 1 May 2018. This followed the detection of a prohibit substance, in a pre-race and post-race urine sample taken from Southern Flight, after that mare being placed first in the Class 1 Handicap and Head to Toe the mare being placed first in the Fillies and Mares Maiden Handicap conducted at Narromine on 12 November 2016. 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. This Appeal has yet to be set.

Before the NSW Racing Appeals Tribunal

Samuel Kavanagh has lodged an appeal to the NSW Racing Appeals Tribunal against the decision of the Racing NSW Appeal Panel to disqualify him for a total of six (6) years and three (3) months and fine him $3000 for breaches of a number of Australian Rules of Racing.

Dr Tom Brennan has lodged an appeal to the NSW Racing Appeals Tribunal against the decision of the Racing NSW Appeal Panel to disqualify him for a total of four (4) years for breaches of a number of Australian Rules of Racing.

Racing NSW has lodged an appeal with the NSW Racing Appeals Tribunal against the decision of the Racing NSW Appeal Panel to uphold an appeal by Dr Adam Matthews against five charges.

The three abovementioned appeals to the NSW Racing Appeals Tribunal have been rescheduled for four days commencing 30 May 2017.

Licensed Trainer Cliff Bashford has lodged an appeal against conviction and penalty to the NSW Racing Appeals Tribunal against the decision of the Racing NSW Appeal Panel to disqualify him for a total of 18 months under AR175(n) and (AR175(l). On the application of the appellant, which was not opposed by Stewards, the penalty imposed by Stewards is stayed until further order of the Tribunal. This Appeal is yet to be set.

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