Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Win Signals Ends to Exile; Controversial Jockey Continues Comeback from Lengthy Suspension

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Win Signals Ends to Exile; Controversial Jockey Continues Comeback from Lengthy Suspension

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Byline: racing reporter sport@dailyexaminer.com.au

JOCKEY Bobby El-Issa continued his return from racingas wilderness when he won the $20,000 John Carlton Cup (1200m) at Grafton yesterday aboard the Toby Edmonds-trained War Ends.

The 35-year-old hoop has a long history of being on the wrong side of officialdom but has returned to the track with a different attitude.

aIave got a 3A1/2-year-old daughter. They make you change your attitude,a El-Issa said.

aIam just working hard, riding a lot of work in Brisbane and keeping my head down.a

El-Issa was disqualified for 18 months after being found guilty by stewards of not allowing Bold Glance to run on its merits at Eagle Farm in February 2011.

He was granted a conditional licence late last year but only returned to metropolitan tracks this week.

aThe 18 months was my longest suspension ever,a he said. aIam just trying to work hard at getting back riding winners.a

El-Issa highlighted his talent with an impressive performance onboard War Ends. …

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