O’Hara Ban Cut To Five Weeks On Appeal

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Kathy O'Hara

Kathy O'Hara has had a three-month ban for using her mobile phone during race days reduced from 13 weeks to five.

At an earlier in September, O'Hara pleaded guilty to using her phone in the jockeys' room on 65 occasions during a 12-month period.

Riders are not allowed to use their phones during a race meeting.

While stewards found she had used the phone against the rules, an examination of her text messages found they were of a nature and raised no concerns.

O'Hara's was reduced at her appeal on Wednesday.

She began serving the ban on September 18 and will be able to ride again on October 23.

O'Hara's partner, , a licensed foreman with the stable, had a $2000 fine reduced to $500.

Duckworth had pleaded guilty to messaging O'Hara and engaging in conversation during a race meeting.

also had a partial win with the NSW Appeal Panel, with his one-month suspension on a handling charge reduced to three weeks.

Clipperton was outed for not giving every chance to gain the best possible position in a race on August 17.

Clipperton begins his suspension this week and can return on October 19, the day of the $14 million .

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