27 January 2011

Moffat 3-Weeks Ban After Jockeys Trade Punches

NSW apprentice jockey Ben Moffat "who attacked 2 senior riders" at Muswellbrook on Friday & was suspended by stewards for 3 weeks "vowed last night he would not take a backward step if he was provoked again" reported The Daily Telegraph. Newcastle-based Moffat, 26, "verbally abused & shoved fellow rider Dale Spriggs in the jockeys' room" & was also "accused of spitting on another rider Andrew Gibbons before the pair traded punches". Senior jockeys told how "there had been words exchanged after a race & that Moffat had taken them to heart". But Moffat (who is apprenticed to trainer Steve Hodge) claimed he had only been defending himself & declared: "I don't take s..t & I'm fairly hot-tempered. I don't like it when people bad-mouth me. I'd do the same thing over. When I first arrived from Canberra last October the smart remarks started back then. I'm just the apprentice who snapped." (Jan 25)

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