A jockey has been suspended for punching his mount before a race in South Australia.
Dylan Caboche, 22, punched his horse 'She's Reneldasgirl' into the starting gates ahead of a race at Port Lincoln on Wednesday.
The horse reared. Caboche dismounted and he punched it in the stomach.
The incident was caught during live broadcast on Racing.com:
He has since been banned for two weeks.
Speaking on Australian news channel 7 News, he said:
Yesterday my actions probably weren't the greatest.
My actions behind the gates probably weren't the greatest - striking a horse is obviously not the right way to go about things.
It was a blank brain fade and it shouldn't have happened.
Exclusive: The jockey captured on camera punching his horse in SA says he's sorry. https://t.co/8K5OaLRHjj #Racing… https://t.co/HcJMKAiU9w— 7NEWS Sydney (@7NEWS Sydney) 1510191042
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) 1510207795