Jockey Timmy Murphy has been suspended for 9 days after a brawl with a fellow jockey Dominic Elmsworth.
Both riders were asked to attend a meeting at an inquiry at Wincanton on Thursday where the British Horseracing Association heard that the scuffle was caused mainly by Murphy. The BHA also heard how Murphy sustained his shoulder injury after allegedly being restrained by a valet, Chris Maude.
The British Horseracing Association opened an inquiry into the alleged incident and spoke to the Chief Jockeys Association to establish what happened. The BHA also called upon valet Chris Maude to give his version of events, along with Dominic Elmsworth and Paul Struthers who is the Professional Jockeys Association Chief Executive.
When Murphy was asked to explain the incident between him and Elmsworth he admitted being the one who instigated the brawl. Murphy has since apologised to his follow jockey for his behaviour.
The BHA rulebook states that jockeys can be penalised for up to 21 days for his type of behaviour, although Murphy was only reprimanded for 9 days. What helped Murphy was the fact he had admitted aggravating Elmsworth on two separate occasions and was profusely sorry.
Murphy who is a previous Grand National winner dislocated his shoulder in the scuffle and will miss a number of important races over the festive period; his dates of suspension are from December 19th -22nd and December 26th to the 30th.
It’s rumoured that bad blood has existed between the pair for sometime – although there is no known reason behind the feud. The incidents occurred at Newbury and both jockeys have apologised to the British Horseracing Association.