Bowen appeals lengthy suspension

A LEADING Ballina stable foreman has lodged an appeal on the severity of a three-month suspension imposed by Northern Rivers Racing Association stewards after an alleged altercation at Ballina Jockey Club stables in October.

Daniel Bowen was disqualified until February 19 for his attack on stablehand Robert Pilling after an inquiry into the incident earlier this month was extended to allow witnesses to be called.

Bowen, the son of Ballina trainer Danny Bowen, had pleaded guilty to a charge of improper conduct resulting from an incident at the stables of Pilling’s father, Andrew, on October 14.

The inquiry had opened on November 10 with evidence being taken from the two men involved in the dispute and two committee members of the BJC.

After being adjourned for a week more evidence was taken from Bowen and Pilling and another stablehand Jason Thew.

Bowen subsequently pleaded guilty to the charge, acknowledging he placed Pilling in a headlock and twice struck him about the left side of his face, resulting in Pilling falling to the ground.

Bowen lodged his appeal to the Racing NSW Appeals Panel on the same day the penalty was handed down, but a date for the Sydney hearing is yet to be set.

Chief NRRA steward Craig Pringle yesterday said he expected that announcement would be made ‘in the next couple of days’.



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