A jockey was filmed violently punching his horse after she nearly made him fall off.
22-year-old Dylan Caboche was amounted on ‘She’s Reneldasgirl’ riding her into the starting gates when the mishap happened.
Caboche, a successful jockey who’s ridden 40 winners in the last year, jumped off the rearing horse and wildly swung a fist into its stomach.
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It made the horse physically jump to one side.
After the incident, She’s Reneldasgirl still finished eighth out of a possible 10 places.
The race took place at Port Lincoln in South Australia, reports ABC News.
Caboche has received a two-week suspension from Thoroughbred Racing South, the TRSA, for his despicable display of abuse.
A TRSA statement said:
TRSA does not condone and will not tolerate such behaviour and it is hoped this penalty – which will remain on the rider’s record and will impact his earning ability – will send a strong signal to others.
TRSA does not condone and will not tolerate such behaviour.
RSPCA state chief executive officer Paul Stevens was ‘appalled’ by Caboche’s actions, and called the two-week suspension a ‘token’ punishment.
Obviously the jockey just lost his temper, but that’s just not acceptable from a professional sportsman.
Caboche’s suspension begins on November 17, but it is not as yet known whether Caboche will appeal the suspension handed to him.
The RSPCA said it would be seeking legal advice on whether animal welfare laws had been breached,.