Allan Chau Licensed Jockey Allan Chau lodged an appeal against conviction and penalty after being found guilty by the stewards under AR 137(a) after his ride on Miss Forbidden in Race 1 (Maiden Handicap 1000m) at Wagga Wagga Racecourse on Tuesday, 1 august 2017. On this date Mr Chau was suspended for a period commencing on Tuesday 8 August 2017 and to expire on Sunday 20 August 2017, on which day he may resume riding.
Racing NSW Stewards later acceded to a request from Jockey Chau to alter the period of suspension, and accordingly, subject to the outcome of the appeal, his licence to ride in races is suspended for a period to commence on Wednesday 9, August 2017 and to expire on Monday, 21 August 2017, on which day he may resume riding. This appeal was heard on Friday, 11 August 2017 at 2.30pm at the office of Racing NSW.
The Panel gave the following orders: 1. Appeal against finding of guilt dismissed 2. Finding of guilt under AR137(a) confirmed 3. Appeal against severity of penalty allowed 4. In lieu of a six meeting suspension a penalty of a four meeting suspension is imposed; such penalty to commence on Monday 14 August 2017 to expire on Monday 21 August 2017 on which day he may ride. 5. 50% of the appeal deposit to be refunded.