By Jon Lees
Japan: Trainer Tetsuya Kimura, best known as the trainer of 2018 Mile Championship winner Stelvio, has been suspended by the Japan Racing Association after a court fined him for assaulting his apprentice jockey.
The JRA suspended Kimura, 48, for 28 days and transferred responsibility for Stelvio, dual G2 winner Authority and the rest of his 67-strong string to neighbouring Miho trainer Takaki Iwato until an arbitration committee has examined the details of the case.
The decision came the day after Kimura was fined ¥100,000 (£654) by a court in Tsuchiura for assaulting rider Kaito Otsuka . The 20-year-old Otsuka has also filed a civil lawsuit seeking damages for harassment and mental distress, which is still pending.
Otsuka has ridden three winners but has not had any rides since 2020, having suffered a head injury in a fall in January last year.
Kimura has saddled 284 winners over 11 seasons including 14 at Group level. Stelvio provided his sole G1 victory when he captured Tokyo’s prestigious mile race under William Buick.