Jockey who headbutted rival rider is handed six month ban

A jockey who headbutted a rival has been handed a six month ban.

Luke Tarrant struck Larry Cassidy after the ninth race on Wednesday at Doomben Racecourse in Australia.

The incident is understood to have started with a verbal altercation by the scales, after they had finished seventh and eighth in a 1200m handicap.

Tarrant's helmet struck Cassidy on the nose, causing an injury.

The stewards also deemed the confrontation a breach of the Covid-19 social distancing protocols currently in place at meetings in the country.

Tarrant pleaded guilty to misconduct under AR115(1)(a) and was given a six month ban.

He is suspended with immediate effect until October 22.

The stewards report said: "Jockey L. Tarrant pleaded guilty to a charge under AR115(1)(a) in that he misconducted himself after being involved in a verbal altercation with jockey L. Cassidy in the vicinity of the scales area by headbutting jockey Cassidy, resulting in his helmet making contact with the nose of jockey Cassidy and causing jockey Cassidy an injury."

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