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James McDonald to be Re-Licensed - Jockey to return in May

Steve Bennett in Latest News 8 Mar 2018
  • McDonald sets himself for a return to racing
  • Trackwork can commence next month
Jockey - James McDonald

Banned jockey James McDonald will be re-licensed as he prepares to return to racing in May.

McDonald will resume trackwork riding next month to prepare him for his long awaited return to the track after copping an 18 month ban for illegal betting.

McDonald was slapped with the suspension back in December 2016 for placing a $1,000 bet on his mount Astern when he won on debut at Randwick 12 months earlier.

While it was found that the bet was placed by a colleague of McDonald’s, the wager was placed on his behalf and he profited $4,000 from the bet.

The suspension cost him dearly in the end, including the top hoop position for the strong Godolphin stable. He had earned that role after winning the Sydney jockey’s premiership in 2013/14 and again in 2015/16.

He was officially given the ok to return to trackwork this week after the Racing NSW Licensing Committee had talks with him after receiving an application for re-licensing from him.

Racing NSW CEO Peter V’landys accepted the recommendation from the Licensing Committee and has agreed to issue McDonald with a license at the completion of his ban.

McDonald can officially resume trackwork and barrier trial riding on April 3.

Due to losing his position with the Godolphin stable, McDonald will most likely return as a freelance rider in the interim at least.



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