Holland successful in NSW appeal - suspension set aside

The Racing NSW Appeal Panel on Friday upheld the appeal of Victorian jockey Dean Holland against conviction and penalty after being found guilty by Racing NSW Stewards under AR137(a) after his ride on Miss Admiration in the Group 1 The Metropolitan (2400m) at Randwick on Saturday, 30th September 2018.

Following a Stewards inquiry on this date, Holland was suspended for a period commencing Wednesday, 3rd October and to expire on Wednesday, 24th October 2018 on which day he may ride.

Holland was found guilty of a charge of improper riding, the particulars being that after his mount was contacted and carried out slightly by Wall Of Fire approaching the 1200m he then directed his mount in for some distance thereafter after making heavy contact with Wall Of Fire on a number of occasions thereby forcing that horse from its rightful running and becoming awkwardly placed on the heels of Sikandarabad. 

Patrick Erin which had established running to the inside of Wall Of Fire was crowded in this incident.

The appeal was heard on Friday, 5th October 2018.

The Panel gave the following orders:

1. Appeal against finding of breach of AR137(a) upheld,
2. Finding of breach of AR137(a) set aside,
3. Penalty of a three-week suspension set aside,
4. Appeal deposit to be refunded.