This is from Fairfax below. She used her phone 65 times so not a one off.
O'Hara to miss spring carnival for using phone in jockeys' room
By Chris Roots
September 10, 2019 — 3.30pm
Kathy O’Hara's Melbourne Cup dreams have been crushed after she was suspended for three months for using her mobile phone in the jockeys' room on 65 occasions between August 2018 and August 2019.
O'Hara's Tuesday started well with an impressive trial from Melbourne Cup-bound Grey Lion at Randwick, but by the end of the day she was faced with the reality of missing the entire spring carnival.
The inquiry was opened when O’Hara’s phone was found in the jockeys' room at Kembla Grange on August 8 with Racing NSW stewards forensically imaging its use over the past 12 months. They found “nothing outside racedays that would arise to any concern” on the phone but found she had continually used it from the track.
Jockeys are not allowed to use their phones during meetings where they are riding.
O'Hara pleaded guilty to two charges regarding phone use, which detailed a Goulburn meeting on April 28 and a Gosford meeting on May 30. Stewards had mapped her phone use against days where she was ridden for the 12-month period in question and found 65 times when she had used the phone for text messages or phone calls from the track.
The majority were to her partner Charlie Duckworth, who holds a foreman’s licence at Chris Waller’s stable. Of the messages and calls, 29 were made to Duckworth, who pleaded guilty to being a party to O’Hara’s offence and was fined $2000.
It completed a day of drama which started with champion jockey Hugh Bowman falling at Randwick trackwork and breaking a finger. He had surgery on in the afternoon, and will miss at least a week. Bowman hopes to be back to ride Everest hopeful Osborne Bulls in The Shorts and Happy Clapper in the George Main Stakes on September 21.
O’Hara had trialled Grey Lion at Randwick on Tuesday morning with the stayer running into second behind Happy Clapper and told stewards during the inquiry “that he might be my last chance to ride in the [Melbourne] Cup.”
“There is nothing sinister in any of it,” O’Hara told stewards of the calls and texts, to which they agreed.
“It is a weak point for me and I should be better."
She admitted to using the phone regularly during meetings. Stewards reminded O'Hara that she was a senior rider in the female jockeys' room and that it set a bad example for younger jockeys.
O’Hara told the inquiry she will turn 34 next year and asked that stewards consider the time of year when considering their penalty, even asking for a suspended sentence so she could continue her association with Grey Lion in particular.
“I don’t have long left in my career,” she said. “I have the ride on Grey Lion and he could run in the Melbourne Cup and Caulfield Cup this year.”
But her four previous offences for having her phone in the jockeys 'room - the latest a $1000 fine and two-week suspension in 2016 - left stewards with little option but a suspension after she had breached the rule continually over a long period.
O’Hara was shocked by the severity of the three-month suspension and immediately indicated that she would appeal. Duckworth will also appeal his fine.