Timmy Murphy: found to be the instigator of the fight at NewburyPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
Murphy banned for nine days after Elsworth fight
TIMMY MURPHY was suspended for nine days for violent and improper conduct in the changing room at Newbury on Friday following two separate clashes with fellow jockey Dominic Elsworth.
The two riders appeared at a reconvened inquiry at Wincanton on Thursday which was conducted by Paul Barton, the BHA's senior stipendiary steward.
Barton said: "Two incidents happened in the weighing room and Timmy Murphy confirmed today that both were instigated by him. During the second incident, he sustained an injury to a shoulder which came about as the two riders were being separated. Timmy Murphy has admitted the incidents and he has apologised to Dominic Elsworth."
There had been a skirmish between the two in the previous race at Newbury, but after watching a replay of the race on Thursday, the stewards ruled that no riding offence had been committed.
Barton, asked if blows had been exchanged in the changing room, said on Thursday: "I don't know, I wasn't in there but clearly there were two incidents which involved contract between them. The second incident wasn't long after the first one. The two were on good terms today and there was no atmosphere during the inquiry."
The officials found that Murphy was instigator and main protagonist in the fight. Elsworth was found not to be in breach of the rules.
Murphy's ban runs from December 19-22 and December 26-30. He is currently sidelined with the shoulder injury.
The ban means Murphy will miss the King George meeting at Kempton, the Welsh National meeting at Chepstow and the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown, in which he would have partnered Hennessy runner-up Rocky Creek.