NSW jockey Bobby El-issa has his Gosford suspension altered on appeal

NSW jockey Bobby El-issa lodged an appeal against conviction and penalty after being found guilty by Racing NSW Stewards under AR137(a) after his ride on Foxy Rocket in Race 1 (Reward Homes Benchmark 64 Handicap, 1500m) at Gosford Racecourse on Saturday, 24 November 2018. 

Following a Stewards inquiry on this date, Mr El-issa was suspended for a period commencing Monday, 26 November 2018 and to expire on Sunday, 9 December 2018 on which day he may ride. This appeal was heard on Monday, 3 December 2018.

The Appeal Panel gave the following orders:

Appeal against finding of breach of AR137(a) dismissed
Finding of breach of AR137(a) confirmed
Appeal against severity of penalty upheld
In lieu of an 8 meeting suspension, a suspension of 7 meetings is imposed; that suspension commencing on 26 November 2018 and to expire on 8 December 2018
Half Appeal Deposit forfeited, half to be refunded