McDonald's second appeal against betting ban rejected
James McDonald has failed in his latest appeal against an 18-month disqualification for placing a bet on a horse he was riding.
The jockey, who had been Godolphin's number one rider in Australia, pleaded guilty to placing a $1,000 bet on Astern in 2015 but had hoped to see a reduction in the penalty handed down by Racing New South Wales after a first unsuccessful appeal against the ban at the racing appeals panel.
McDonald went to the tribunal after one member of the panel suggested a 15-month suspension that would allow him to take part in trackwork and barrier trials might be more appropriate.
However, the jockey failed again and now faces the prospect of being unable to resume his career until May 15 2018, with his suspension backdated to last November.
On Monday the tribunal said McDonald had already received a six-month reduction on the mandatory two-year ban and therefore could not be given any more.