Potential Career Ending Ban For QLD Jockey

By: Ryan Clark
April 1st, 2011

The career of jockey Bobby El-Issa could be over after yet another run in with stewards for the long troubled rider.

This time El-Issa copped a hefty two year ban on a charge relating to a ride back on February 26th this year.

Racing Queensland stewards found him guilty of not giving his mount, Bold Glance, every chance to win the $100,000 Falvelon Stakes.

They say he did not ride the horse with his usual assertiveness in the final 200m of the race at which time the heavily backed favourite Essington overtook him and won the event.

El-Issa is now 34 and has a long rap sheet when it comes to involvements with stewards throughout both New South Wales and Queensland.

One of the biggest offences resulted in a nine month ban in 2006 after he returned a positive reading for cocaine.

It’s horrible timing for El-Issa to who just yesterday showed the promise he had by winning in Toowoomba in outstanding style.

After the race in which El-Issa was charged Bold Glance went on to win the $100,000 Gold Coast Stakes with Scott Seamer aboard.

He will retain the ride this weekend in the Group 1 George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill Gardens.

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