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The National Horseracing Authority confirms that jockey Piere Strydom has elected to appeal against the severity of the penalty handed down to him at an inquiry that was held in Johannesburg on Wednesday 9 September 2015.

Strydom was charged with a contravention of rule 62.2.3 in that he failed to ride the horse DUBLIN REBEL out to the end of Race 3 at Turffontein on 27 August 2015, thereby prejudicing his chances of obtaining first place.

Strydom pleaded guilty to the charge.  The inquiry board found Strydom guilty and imposed a penalty of a suspension from riding in races for a period of 90 days, of which 40 days are wholly suspended for a period of two years, provided that during the period of suspension he is not found guilty of a contravention of rule 62.2.3 prejudicing his chances of finishing in the first, second or third position.

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