Stratford: Ace French footballer Zinedine Zidane had a reason for the famous headbutt, but Jockey Paul O'Neill seems to have none. O'Neill will be investigated by the sport's governing body after television replays showed him head-butting his horse, City Affair.
The Horseracing Regulatory Authority made the decision on Monday to hold an inquiry after reviewing TV footage from the incident at the Stratford races on Sunday. "We haven't got a date set, but we are going to go for some time next week , our inquiry day is usually on Thursday" said HRA spokesman Owen Byrne.
City Affair was being unruly in the parade ring, ultimately throwing O'Neill. The jockey got to his feet and grabbed the reins, pulling the horse to him, before lowering the butt of his helmet into it.