Tuesday 24 October 2017

Dominic Elsworth quizzed by stewards about reports of altercation with Timmy Murphy

Timmy Murphy
Timmy Murphy

Dominic Elsworth was interviewed by the Newbury stewards on Saturday to investigate reports of an altercation between him and Timmy Murphy in the jockeys' changing room on Friday.

The British Horseracing Authority looked into the circumstances surrounding a shoulder injury sustained by Murphy after further information had come to light.

The stewards called Elsworth, Professional Jockeys' Association chief executive Paul Struthers and jockeys' valet Chris Maude. They were unable to interview Murphy owing to his injuries.

Having heard their evidence, they adjourned the inquiry to Wincanton on Thursday.

Murphy was taken to hospital for X-rays on his shoulder midway through Friday's card, although the reason for the injury was unclear at the time as he was seen walking away from the weighing room in some apparent pain before being helped into an ambulance.

Murphy had guided Upsilon Bleu to finish fourth in the bet365 Open Handicap Chase, but returned seemingly none the worse. Elsworth also took part in the race, finishing second on Easter Meteor.

Reports suggest the jockey suffered the injury during the course of an altercation with a fellow rider in the weighing room but Murphy's wife,Verity, pointed to a recurring shoulder problem as the cause on Friday night.

She said: "He was feeling it when he came back in after the 2.40. He's hurt his shoulder, but is feeling much better now."

While the Newbury stewards received no report of an incident on the day, BHA officials looked into the alleged incident.

Murphy was unable to take the ride on the fancied Our Father in the Hennessy Gold Cup.

Conor O'Farrell took over on David Pipe's charge, but the gambled-on 11-2 favourite could only finish seventh behind Triolo D'Alene.

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