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 Australian Racing News 
Monday, May 15 2017

New South Wales jockey Bobby El-Issa has been outed for four months for his handling of a horse in a Goulburn maiden.

Soul Testa finished sixth in the 1600-metre race on March 17 and today Racing NSW stewards cited several occasions when El-Issa did not take options available to him.

They said he failed to put his mount in a position near the 600-metre mark to get clear running to the outside of Duchess Of Dubai and shortly after put Soul Testa to the inside of that horse, resulting in his mount being checked and losing ground rounding the home turn.

After that incident, stewards said he did not ride Soul Testa with enough purpose and vigour, resulting in his mount then having to be steadied.

They found fault with El-Issa again near the 200 metres, saying he had the opportunity to position Soul Testa to the outside of Polar Blast which would have given him clear running between that horse and First Courrier.

After getting a run between those two horses near the 100 metres, he again failed to ride with sufficient purpose and vigour to ensure Soul Testa obtained the best possible place in the field.

In assessing penalty, stewards took into account it was El-Issa's fifth offence relating to the running and handling rules. Stewards examined El-Issa's mobile phone records and said they did not find any integrity issues in respect to betting on the race.

Unless he successfully appeals, El-Issa will be out from May 21 until September 21.

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