Mercury (Hobart)

An extra penalty for Zahra

- GILBERT GARDINER

Star jockey Mark Zahra has been hit with an extra month suspension for giving false and/or misleading evidence to stewards during the Mornington Airbnb gathering probe.

The sanction will be served after his three-month suspension for attending the house party on August 25.

In a double blow for Zahra, the Victorian Racing Tribunal on Tuesday unanimousl­y dismissed his appeal on the severity of the initial spring carnival-ending ban.

Zahra will not be able to ride in races until late December as a result of the bans.

Judge John Bowman said Zahra’s “noncomplia­nce” of Racing Victoria Covid regulation­s had the potential to “bring undone all the good work and sacrifices gone before”.

On the separate charge of giving false or misleading evidence to stewards, Judge Bowman imposed a two-month ban.

It is to be served cumulative­ly to the Covid-19 breach penalty.

Four weeks of the additional ban has been suspended for a period of two years.

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Jockey Mark Zahra

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