Thoroughbred Racing SA stewards suspended his license following an inquiry.
A statement read:
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.
Racehorse welfare campaign groups called the decision "wholly inadequate":
Jockeys who punch horses deserve to be banned for life. No 2nd chances 🐴🐴🐴https://t.co/7lXzEU5ZU6
— Horse Racing Kills (@Horse Racing Kills)