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This Jockey has been watching too much soccer


A top jockey is facing a ban after head-butting his horse after it played up before a race. Paul O’Neill butted City Affair at Stratford after he was thrown before a two-mile hurdle, reports the Guardian.

Having landed on his feet, O’Neill appeared to drop his crash-helmeted forehead on to his mount’s nose.

The pair were reunited for the race and finished fourth.

Paul Struthers, a spokesman for the Horseracing Regulatory Authority, said O’Neill would face a disciplinary hearing for improper riding.

John O’Shea, who trains City Affair, said: “Paul rang me and said he was sorry for what happened. I haven’t seen it yet.

“The horse is a very, very difficult character, but I couldn’t comment on the incident until I’ve seen it.”

July 25, 2006 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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