NSW appeal body overturns Brent Zerafa ban

A disqualification against Sydney racing commentator Brent Zerafa has been set aside by the Appeal Panel of Racing NSW.

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Banned after being found guilty of conduct prejudicial to the interests of racing, Zerafa was appealing a Racing NSW stewards’ penalty as well as its severity.

While the panel on Friday dismissed an appeal against the finding of guilt, it said a three-month disqualification was inappropriate.

Instead, the panel said Zerafa should be fined $1500.

Zerafa fronted stewards in September over an exchange of text messages with John Camilleri, a person who subsequently emerged as a central figure in the cobalt case against Sydney trainer Sam Kavanagh.

The stewards’ inquiry heard Zerafa had $200 on Palazzo Pubblico, the winner of a race at Randwick in January despite not having it in his favoured assessments in his role as a mounting yard expert for the now-defunct thoroughbred channel TVN.

Zerafa’s new employer, the racing broadcaster Sky Channel, terminated his contract soon after the September inquiry.

A disqualification would have stopped Zerafa from attending race meetings, holding a betting account or having an ownership involvement in racehorses.


Article from JustHorseRacing.com.au

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