Jockey plans to ride despite headbutt injury
Jockey Larry Cassidy is still planning to ride at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday, despite having his nose injured in a headbutting incident in Brisbane on Wednesday.
Cassidy and fellow jockey Luke Tarrant became involved in an argument after Race 9 at Doomben in the scales area. Tarrant then headbutted Cassidy while still wearing his helmet, hurting Cassidy's nose.
Tarrant has since been disqualified from riding for six months because of the seriousness of the attack and the fact he broke COVID-19 social distancing protocols.
The incident report stated that "in considering the penalty, stewards took into account the significant contact to jockey Cassidy and also the breach of the COVID-19 social distancing protocols … and the potential for his actions to have an adverse effect on the racing industry".
Tarrant was making a comeback after facing criminal drugs charges last year.
Cassidy has confirmed he will ride at the Sunshine Coast meeting, where he has two rides, despite his injury.
He will be on three-year-old Bellicose in the 1400m Maiden Plate and Dawson Delight in the 1600m QTIS Three-Years-Old Plate.
It comes as Racing Queensland on Thursday tightened its COVID-19 restrictions by limiting jockeys to being able to race in just one zone in the state.
Previously, jockeys who were riding outside of the Metro North (Sunshine Coast and Brisbane) and Metro South West (Toowoomba, Ipswich and Gold Coast) regions were permitted to ride across two zones.
Now, RQ has restricted their travel to just the one zone.
The governing body has also introduced another zone, the Greater Western region, which incorporates Roma, Charleville, Longreach, Mount Isa and Cloncurry.
Greater Western will be implemented from Sunday.
"The Queensland racing industry has moved swiftly and efficiently to implement a range of biosecurity measures, including patron-free meetings and designated racing regions," Racing Queensland boss Brendan Parnell said.
"By establishing Greater Western, we're able to further isolate participant movement across the state."
Originally published as Jockey cops massive ban for disgraceful headbutt