Tamworth’s group-winning jockey, Glenn Lynch, has been given a lengthy suspension after being found guilty of causing the interference that put Muswellbrook jockey Hari Singh in hospital and in a coma after a fall at Tamworth last month.
Stewards concluded the inquiry at Muswellbrook races last Monday and sidelined Lynch for a little over six weeks.
His riding record, which has included several suspensions and reprimands, will also be referred to the Racing NSW licensing committee.
Singh’s mount, Blue Onyx, fell when stewards found that Lynch, riding Darcy, directed his horse out to improve around the heels of two horses in front of him when he was not sufficiently clear of Decoree.
That horse was then forced into the path of Blue Onyx, which clipped its heels and fell.
Singh was rushed to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital with head injuries and was in a coma for some time.
His wife and daughter were flown from India. While Singh is recovering slowly, he is now undergoing intensive cognitive therapy to help him regain his memory.
Lynch’s suspension starts on September 27 and will end on November 17.
Lynch took the option of deferring the start of his suspension for nine days because of rides he had already accepted.