Bobby El-Issa: Licensed jockey Bobby El-Issa 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.
This Appeal was heard on Tuesday, 13th June 2017 at the offices of Racing NSW. On 28 June 2017, the Panel gave the following final orders:
1. The appeal against the finding of guilt is upheld. 2. The finding of guilt under AR 135(b) is set aside. 3. The penalty of a 4-month suspension is set aside. 4. The appeal deposit is to be refunded.