Quinnells appeal dismissed
Quinnell was outed on two fronts early last month after the substance was found in a sample taken from the jockey after riding at a Warwick Farm meeting on October 5.
On a report from the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory, Quinnell had his apprentice permit suspended in full until January 1 next year and his licence to ride in races suspended until June 8. However, Racing NSW stewards threw in a lifebouy to reduce his licence suspension until April 8 upon him completing a satisfactory period of professional counselling.
Quinnell, who started his apprenticeship in Ballina before moving to Coffs Harbour, was riding for the stable of his master Kevin Moses at the time of the substance finding.
He lodged his appeal against the severity of the penalty four days after Racing NSW stewards handed down their finding, He had pleaded guilty to breaching stringent Australian Racing rules.
The NSW Appeal Panel dismissed the appeal last Friday and confirmed the original sentence would stand.
It was not known yesterday whether Quinnell had taken up the counselling option to reduce his licence suspension.