A jockey who hit a rival leaving him in a “pool of blood” on the track admitted he “couldn’t control” his anger.
Fabio Branca, the runner of five winners out of 22 UK appearances, hit his weigh-in colleague Claudio Colombi at the Campannelle racecourse in Rome.
The incident happened after the pair moved up the list Premio Pietro Bessera on the map.
Colombi was third on Haven Park in the mile race and Branca was a place behind in fourth on Ifrachy.
Columbi, who said he was “cut in the face by his colleague” leaving him “lying on the ground in a pool of blood”, was hospitalized and doctors gave him a CT scan, as well as treatment for facial injuries.
Branca originally denied hitting her fellow jockey, but has now issued an apology.
Via equos.it, he said: “With reference to the events that took place on September 10 in the jockeys hall of the Capannelle racecourse, I feel obliged to apologize to all horse categories (owners, coaches, etc.) and to all those who are interested in Italian gallop (punters, enthusiasts etc) for what happened.
“My behavior under the circumstances was truly reprehensible.
“Those who really know me know that it is far from my character to react with violent acts in the face of adverse circumstances.
“But under this circumstance, unfortunately, I couldn’t control my anger.
“I do not want to deny my responsibilities and give justifications for an act that I should never have done and which is absolutely not part of my ordinary behavior.
“I think it is appropriate to apologize to you because these facts, in addition to harming me personally, may present a false image of all of our activity, thus indirectly penalizing each of you and the sport. -same.
“I’m not asking to be vindicated for my behavior, but as a person I had a moment of anger that I mismanaged.”
Branca, winner of several major races in Italy, was given a 40-day ban and received the maximum fine of £ 2,700 by sports authorities.
The stewards’ report said: “Branca confirmed that he hit his colleague Colombi in the face in the jock room, fully acknowledging his responsibility for what happened.”
Branca, the regular runner of Group 1 winners Jakkalberry and Dylan Mouth, had five UK winners.
They were made at Lingfield and Wolverhampton in 2009 from 19 outings.
He also traveled for a handful of opportunities in 2014 and 2015 – and competed at Ascot, the home of the famous royal reunion, on three separate occasions.