Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Headbutt Jockey in New Storm

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Headbutt Jockey in New Storm

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Byline: WILL HAYLER

JOCKEY Paul O'Neill, who gained unwanted notoriety this summer when headbutting a horse that had unseated him from the saddle, is set to find himself at the centre of another potentially damaging episode for the sport, after stewards found him guilty of failing to dismount from a horse who they ruled was "obviously lame" at Taunton last Thursday.

O'Neill escaped with just a one-day ban for the incident in July when he was found to have 'done a Zinedine Zidane' on City Affair before a race at Stratford.

But this could be a much more serious matter as, after hearing evidence from the jockey and viewing a video of the race, the officials at Taunton felt that O'Neill's offence was so severe that they were unable to deal with it appropriately and referred the matter to the Horseracing Regulatory Authority's Disciplinary Committee.

O'Neill came in for the mount aboard the Simon Lewis-trained The Langer when booked jockey Chris Honour suffered injuries in the opening contest. …

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