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Four Arrested Following Changing Room Assault On Popular Irish Jockey

Four Arrested Following Changing Room Assault On Popular Irish Jockey
By Sinead Farrell

Four people have been arrested following an alleged assault on jockey Aidan Coleman in the weighing room at the Southwell Racecourse on Tuesday afternoon.

Nottingham police reported that two men and one woman were arrested on suspicion of assault and criminal damage while another woman was apprehended for allegedly obstructing police.  The incident took place shortly after the last race of the day at the the Southwell Racecourse in which Coleman finished in last place aboard Sawwala.

The Cork born jockey sustained a bloody nose and chipped teeth as a result of the supposed attack but was later released by the racecourse doctor to recover at home and has been passed fit to ride today. Fellow jockey Paul Moloney, who was one of the five participants in Coleman's race, witnessed the event.

Speaking to the Guardian, he said:

When I came into the weighing room after the last, there were these two blokes there. They looked pretty drunk to me. I’ve seen drunken lads get into the weighing room before. We should have a security guy on the back door of the weighing room.

The incident has since been passed on to the British Horseracing Authority for further consideration.

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