A JOCKEY who left a rival in a ‘pool of blood’ after a weighing room bust-up mentioned he ‘could not management’ his anger.
Famed Italian rider Fabio Branca, who has raced at Ascot, was banned for 40 days and fined the utmost £2700 for punching rival Claudio Colombi.
2Branca, left, mentioned he ‘could not management’ his anger within the weighing room bust-up that left a rival in a ‘pool of blood’Credit score: Getty2The bust-up occurred after this mid-race incidentHe was reported to have suffered ‘deep cuts’ and underwent checks for attainable facial fractures.
Police had been known as to Campannelle racecourse in Rome, the place Branca was, in response to equos.it, led away by cops as Colombi was taken to San Giovanni hospital.
It’s believed the combat was sparked by an incident in the course of the second race on final Friday’s card.
Branca, who initially denied hitting his fellow jockey, has now launched a press release apologising for the incident.
He mentioned: “In reference to the occasions that occurred on September 10 within the jockeys’ room of the Capannelle racecourse, I really feel compelled to apologise to all horse racing classes (house owners, coaches, and so forth) and to all these within the Italian gallop (bettors, fans and so forth) for what occurred.
“My behaviour within the circumstance was really reprehensible.
“Those that actually know me know that it’s removed from my character to react with violent acts within the face of adversarial circumstances.
“However on this circumstance, sadly, I’ve not been capable of management my anger.
‘MOMENT OF ANGER’
“I don’t need to deny my duties and provides justifications for an act that I ought to by no means have finished and which is totally not a part of my bizarre behaviour.
“I consider it’s acceptable to supply my apologies to all of you as a result of these info, along with damaging me personally, danger proposing a mistaken picture of our whole exercise, thus not directly penalising every of you and the game itself.
“I’m not asking to be justified for my behaviour, however as an individual I had a second of anger which I dealt with within the mistaken manner.”
The official stewards’ report on the scrap learn: “Branca confirmed that he had hit his colleague Colombi within the face within the jockeys’ room, totally recognising his duty for what occurred.”
Colombi reported too that he had been ‘punched within the face by his colleague’ leaving him ‘mendacity on the bottom in a pool of blood’.
‘POOL OF BLOOD’
Different jockeys on the assembly missed the incident however returned to the weighing room to search out Colombi had misplaced a ‘copious quantity of blood’.
That is removed from the primary time jockeys have come to blows.
Some of the well-known was the unbelievable Breeders’ Cup brawl the place one rider threatened to ‘kill’ one other in 2010.
High jockey in America Irad Ortiz Jr was fined £700 after being filmed punching rival Paco Lopez within the face thrice earlier this yr.
Whereas one other stunning video confirmed police dashing in to interrupt up two jockeys combating on this altering room brawl.
Watch jockey punch rival within the face thrice in astonishing post-race bust-up