Jockey Luke Tarrant banned for six months for headbutting veteran Larry Cassidy

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Queensland jockey Luke Tarrant: six-month ban for headbutt. Photo: Racing and Sports

By Jon Lees

Australia: Jockey Luke Tarrant has been suspended for six months for headbutting veteran rider Larry Cassidy in altercation during the meeting at Doomben in Brisbane on Wednesday.

The incident took place after the ninth race on the card which resulted in Cassidy sustaining a blow to the nose.

The report from stewards at the Queensland track said Tarrant had pleaded guilty to a charge of misconduct  “after being involved in a verbal altercation with jockey L. Cassidy in the vicinity of the scales area by head-butting jockey Cassidy, resulting in his helmet making contact with the nose of jockey Cassidy and causing jockey Cassidy an injury”.

Tarrant, 25, will start his disqualification immediately with the ban running until October 22 2020.

The report added: “In considering penalty, stewards took into account the significant contact to jockey Cassidy and also the breach of the COVID-19 social distancing protocols currently in place, and the potential for his actions to have an adverse effect on the racing industry.”

Cassidy, 49, is the brother of Might And Power’s jockey Jim Cassidy. He has enjoyed a highly successful career of his own, riding more than 2,000 winners including 34 at G1 level. He also partnered the great mare Winx to the first win of what became a 33-race unbeaten streak.

He won the Sydney jockeys’ premiership three years running between 1998-2000 during a period when he also partnered champion mare Sunline to six wins, including the 1999 Flight Stakes and Doncaster Handicap in the same year. He has ridden 26 winners this season.

Tarrant has ridden 375 career winners, gaining his biggest successes at G2 level.

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