Bobby’s betting bungle

TALENTED Brisbane jockey Bobby El-lssa will long rue his decision to back two of his own mounts at the Glenmore Tavern’s TAB betting facility in Rockhampton on October 27 after losing his appeal in Brisbane yesterday against a related three mounts race riding suspension.

El-Lssa made news headlines in the national media over his foolish actions of having a $150 all-up bet on his subsequent losing mounts Two Bits and Grand Mark when embarking from a Queensland Racing Limited hired maxi-cab en route to the Yeppoon TAB races on the day.

Observed by eagle-eyed Rockhampton steward Gary Meek in the facility, El-lssa later at Yeppoon races denied on more than one occasion that he had placed a bet but later had to make an admission after TAB video caught his betting.

El-Lssa was fined $500 for betting as well as being suspended on three occasions for concurrent periods of three mounts for having made false statements.

As it stands following his appeal loss, El-lssa is now banned from race riding until early February, 2010.

It has been a woeful week for El-lssa a regular rider at the Rockhampton TAB provincial mid-week meetings.

On Monday, stewards who officiated at the Ipswich Turf Club races on October 29 took him to task over his ride on the Geoff Livermore trained Over The Page in a Maiden Handicap.

Consequently they found El-Lssa guilty of a charge of having failed to take all reasonable and permissible measures to win or finish in the best possible position.

Again El-lssa copped a three months suspension to commence from tomorrow at midnight and expire on Sunday, February 14, 2010.

Meanwhile, country jockey Cheryl Rogers, who rides successfully in the Central West and Central Highlands, fronted stewards in Toowoomba yesterday after testing positive to the banned substance Frusemide at Blackall races on October 17.

Frusemide is more commonly known as Lasix which is taken in some cases for short-term weight loss as it relieves the presence of excessive fluid accumulation in the system.

After “weighing-up” submissions from Rogers relating to mitigating circumstances, her medical history and supporting documentation, Rogers got off lightly but fairly with a $500 fine opposed to the normal suspension.

A hard-working jockey with a good reputation, Rogers has five rides at the expansive Isisford races tomorrow – Cyclone George, Our Ballet Dancer, Ready Now General, Fraarcas and Decerto.

Successful Darling Downs trainer Patrick Sexton was yesterday disqualified from racing for four months after his Stanthorpe starter from October 17 in Impenetrable tested positive to an elevated level of total plasma carbon dioxide, better known as bi-carb.

Interestingly, Impenetrable will start at the Gladstone Turf Club races tomorrow in the Class B (850m) for new trainer Phillip Pengelly with Adrian Coome the rider.

Trainer Clint Garland is wasting no time with Mrsooty, a heavily backed failure in Tuesday’s TAB Maiden on the Rockhampton sand, by backing him up under Carly Mae-Pye in Maiden (1194m) at Gladstone.

Popular jockey Meggsie Hall has three Gladstone rides for local trainers from there in Marywho, Countershy and Tuscany Affair.

Marauding Rockhampton trainer Brian Challacombe has launched a two pronged attack through Kouneli and Lets Go Bongo on the Moranbah races tomorrow.

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