Melbourne Cup winning trainer suspended over fight
Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Brian Jenkins has been suspended for three months and fined $5,000 following an inquiry into an altercation with another trainer at the Cranbourne training centre.
Jenkins and fellow trainer Ray Mathews faced the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board (RADB) to answer charges arising from an incident on April 30.
Jenkins, who trained 1998 Cup winner Jezabeel and is preparing Figure Of Speech for this year’s race, was charged with improper conduct.
He pleaded not guilty although he admitted during the hearing that he punched and kicked Mathews in self defence.
Jenkins alleged Mathews threw the first punch after a dispute arose over the use of a sponge while a horse was being hosed down.
Jenkins said Matthews was using his sponge without permission and asked him to stop.
However RADB chairman Judge Russell Lewis agreed with Mathews’ version that Jenkins was the aggressor.
Mathews, a former amateur boxer, admitted he landed "at least one punch" and Jenkins later required medical treatment.
The RADB also took evidence from Dayle Brown, Racing Victoria’s general manager of integrity services.
Both Jenkins and Mathews appeared with legal counsel before the hearing was adjourned on Monday.
The RADB board on Tuesday found the charge against Jenkins proven and imposed a three-month suspension to begin on October 3 along with a $5,000 fine to be paid by December 31.
The improper conduct charge against Mathews, who also pleaded not guilty, was dismissed.