Jockey Dylan Caboche banned for two weeks after punching horse in ribs

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The apprentice jockey dismounted before striking his horse in the ribs

Australian jockey Dylan Caboche has been handed a two-week ban for punching a horse in the ribs.

Caboche was due to ride She’s Reneldasgirl in Wednesday's second race at Port Lincoln, South Australia when the filly became unsettled as he attempted to steer her into the gates.

The apprentice jockey then dismounted and struck his horse in the ribs.

A Thoroughbred Racing South Australia spokesman said: "TRSA does not condone and will not tolerate such behaviour

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"It is hoped this penalty – which will remain on the rider’s record and will impact his earning ability – will send a strong signal to others."

She’s Reneldasgirl was Caboche's first ride of seven on Wednesday, with the jockey going on to win his final race of the day aboard Slide of Hand.

His ban will begin at midnight on November 17 and run until December 1.

“I want to genuinely, sincerely and unreservedly apologise to everyone for my actions," he said.

"I understand what I did was completely unacceptable. My apology goes to the horse’s connections, my fellow jockeys, Thoroughbred Racing SA, the racing public and to the wider community in general.

“Any explanation dealing with why it happened can’t possibly condone what I did. I’m just so disappointed in myself. I understand and accept that no matter how difficult my mount was, it can’t justify what I did.”