Women jockeys in the wars
A TURBULENT four weeks for women jockeys closed yesterday with Sophie Doyle deciding against appealing a seven-day ban for "violent and improper conduct" after she was involved in a fight with Kirsty Milczarek on Tuesday, WRITES JULIAN MUSCAT.
The two jockeys clashed in the changing room at Southwell, where no other witnesses were present. And they gave conflicting stories when interviewed by the stewards. Milczarek went unpunished, but Doyle was suspended after a fracas that left Milczarek, the girlfriend of Kieren Fallon, with a black eye. Doyle admitted to the stewards that she had struck Milczarek, and apologised. Doyle and Milczarek rode against each other at Salisbury yesterday. The pair, once good friends, have not spoken for months.
It has been a feisty few weeks for women jockeys. Last week Laura Probert was banned for 28 days after her debut ride when she offered her mount minimal assistance in a tight finish.
That came three days after Charlotte Kerton failed in her appeal of a 42-day ban when she was deemed to have ridden a non-trier. Kerton said she was suffering from "excruciating" period pains. (© The Times, London)