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Kathy O & # 39; Hara (photo), 33, was banned for three months on Tuesday because she had used her phone 65 times in the past year

Female jockey, 33, is banned from the Melbourne Cup after using her phone 65 times on racing days – breaking rules designed to stop betting

  • Jockeys are not allowed to use their phones on racing days due to gambling rules
  • Kathy O & Hara, 33, was banned on Tuesday because she had used her phone 65 times
  • She did not break the gambling rules, but contacted her friend and family
  • She was banned for three months and will now miss the Melbourne Cup
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A jockey is not allowed to race for three months and will miss the Melbourne Cup because he has repeatedly called from the jockeys room during racing days.

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Kathy O & Hara, 33, was banned on Tuesday because she had used her phone 65 times in the past year.

Jockeys are not allowed to use their phones on racing days in case they place bets or pass on insider gambling tips.

Kathy O & # 39; Hara (photo), 33, was banned for three months on Tuesday because she had used her phone 65 times in the past year

Kathy O & # 39; Hara (photo), 33, was banned for three months on Tuesday because she had used her phone 65 times in the past year

Jockeys are not allowed to use their phones on racing days in case they place bets or pass on insider gambling tips. Pictured: Kathy O & # 39; Hara

Jockeys are not allowed to use their phones on racing days in case they place bets or pass on insider gambling tips. Pictured: Kathy O & # 39; Hara

O & # 39; Hara did not break any gambling rules, but only called her boyfriend
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O & # 39; Hara did not break any gambling rules, but only called her boyfriend

Jockeys are not allowed to use their phones on racing days in case they place bets or pass on insider gambling tips. Pictured: Kathy O & # 39; Hara

O & # 39; Hara did not break any gambling rules, but just called her boyfriend and checked in with family and friends, reported the Daily telegram.

Asked why she violated the strict policy, she said: & I cannot provide an explanation.

& # 39; There is nothing sinister in it. I know it's something I shouldn't do. It is terrible how much I use it. & # 39;

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O & # 39; Hara & # 39; s friend Charlie Duckworth, who manages a stable, called her 30 times on racing days last year and was fined $ 2,000.

It is not suggested that O’Hara or her friend placed bets or passed on insider gambling tips during the calls.

& # 39; It's probably silly but there were no integrity violations, & # 39; Mr. Duckworth said.

& # 39; I am going to work at 3 am and will not be home until 6 pm, so it is not uncommon to check if your loved ones are okay.

Asked why she violated the strict policy, O & # 39; Hara (photo) said: & # 39; I cannot give an explanation & # 39;

Asked why she violated the strict policy, O & # 39; Hara (photo) said: & # 39; I cannot give an explanation & # 39;

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Asked why she violated the strict policy, O & # 39; Hara (photo) said: & # 39; I cannot give an explanation & # 39;

O & Hara begged the officials not to ban her and said this year was her last chance to ride Gray Lion in the Melbourne Cup in November.

But the board had no sympathy because this is the fourth time that O&H has been accused of using her phone on racing days.

The last time she was caught she received a two-week suspension and a $ 4,000 fine in 2016.

O & # 39; Hara and Duckworth are both appealing against their penalties.

O & Hara (photo) begged the officials not to ban her and said that this year was her last chance to ride Gray Lion in the Melbourne Cup in November
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O & Hara (photo) begged the officials not to ban her and said that this year was her last chance to ride Gray Lion in the Melbourne Cup in November

O & Hara (photo) begged the officials not to ban her and said that this year was her last chance to ride Gray Lion in the Melbourne Cup in November

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