A jockey's number is up -- eventually
Having sat in on many appeals in NSW, by jockeys penalized for a 'bad ride', my assessment was that the charge was not for a first 'recent offence'.
My suspicion is that, eventually, stewards decided to act and, accordingly, found a suitably 'offensive' ride to prosecute -- an accumulated assessment that was fairly widely agreed.
Almost invariably the penalty imposed, by stewards, was halved on appeal -- but the costs were substantial.
This was rough justice in some ways -- but not as rough as in times past when an eventual penalty was predictable and 'rights' of appeal had less meaning.