Kathy O’Hara Sent to Headmaster’s Office For Using Mobile During Warwick Meeting

Wishing to send a clear message about the risks of texting whilst hooping, Racing NSW chief has called out senior jockey Kathy O’Hara for using her mobile phone in the jockeys’ room betwixt races during a mid-week meeting at Warwick Farm.

It is O’Hara’s second offense, at least second from the perspective of the second time she was actually caught. She was fined $2,500 in 2010 for making and receiving calls whilst competing at race meetings. For the sake of simplicity, we will assume that the $2,500 was evenly split, $1,250 for making and $1,250 for receiving calls.

O’Hara is cooperating with the stewards and the inquiry has been adjourned, but racing NSW intends to image her phone to determine the exact nature of her communications. To clarify, O’Hara was not using the phone during any races in which she was riding.

There is little to suggest she was contacting one of the online bookmakers to have an in-play punt, but she claims to have been using the phone for “social” purposes. Hopefully, she was not on Facebook “liking” Sportsbet at the time, or ordering up a post-race vitamin supplement for her horse.

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