JOCKEY Raul da Silva has been suspended for 21 days for “violent conduct” after punching Jim Crowley in the face after a race at Goodwood.
Goodwood has been in the spotlight for fights recently following horrific scenes at the course last month - but nobody expected the next one to be coming from the weighing room.
A statement issued by the British Horseracing Authority stewards said that Da Silva “had struck Crowley in the face, causing an injury which required medical treatment”.
Da Silva and Crowley rode in the opening race at Goodwood on Sunday, in which the former finished last aboard Medieval.
Crowley came home fifth on Charles Molson.
The BHA stewards’ statement read: “An inquiry was held following a report of an altercation in the changing room between Raul da Silva and Jim Crowley following race one.
“Da Silva, Crowley, Martin Dwyer, John Egan, Jack Mitchell, Richard Kingscote, two valets, the clerk of the scales, the changing-room doorman and the racecourse medical officer were interviewed.
“After hearing their evidence, Da Silva was suspended for 21 days for violent conduct, in that he had struck Crowley in the face causing an injury which required medical treatment.
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“The evidence of all parties was noted, and they were advised that should any further evidence become available, the stewards reserved the right to revisit the matter.”
Crowley has one of the biggest jobs in racing, being the retained rider to Hamdan Al Maktoum.
He is set to ride the likes of Battaash in the King's Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot later this month.