By David Di Somma (Newshub)
The long wait is just about over for banned Kiwi jockey James McDonald.
The 26-year-old returns to riding in Sydney on Wednesday after an 18-month suspension for something he says was “unexplainably stupid”.
The question is why?
Why would James McDonald – a million dollar a year earning jockey – jeopardise everything by illegally betting on a horse he was riding in Sydney?
“I can’t really answer that,” McDonald told Newshub. “It’s something I’ll regret for the rest of my life.”
He netted $4000 for his $1000 outlay after “Astern” won at Randwick, but the authorities were swiftly onto him, resulting in his lengthy ban.
He appealed the severity of the sentence – but to no avail.
“I did the crime I’ll do the time.”