Mark Zahra, fifth jockey to be banned for attending Airbnb house party
A Caulfield Cup-winning jockey was also kicked out of the spring carnival after stewards were told he also attended the Mornington Airbnb party.
Caulfield Cup winner Mark Zahra is the fifth jockey to be involved in the illegal Mornington home party which resulted in four riders being given late spring carnival suspensions.
Stewards on Saturday night, after being informed of Zahra’s presence at Airbnb last Wednesday night, slapped the multiple Group 1 winner with a three-month suspension, ending November 28.
The suspension means a replacement jockey will need to be found for defending Caulfield Cup champion Verry Elleegant.
Just last week, Zahra was confirmed as a Caulfield Cup rider for Chris Waller’s glamorous mare.
The suspension reproduces the penalties imposed on Kah, Melham, Ethan Brown and Céline Gaudray.
Zahra pleaded guilty on Saturday to violating Covid protocols.
As a result, he also faces a fine of over $ 5,000 from the Victoria Police Force for violating the instructions of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.
News Corp Australia understands that Zahra left the property at Tallis Drive, Mornington approximately 15 minutes before police arrived to deal with a noise complaint.
Zahra hasn’t ridden since being kicked out of Second Slip on Barrier Road in Flemington on August 7.
He sustained injuries to his ribs and elbow.
Zahra must take a mandatory 14-day break – ending September 11 – before being eligible to do track races, practice and jumps.
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