Jim Crowley had to have stitches in his lip following an alleged attack on him by fellow jockey Raul da Silva.

Crowley has revealed that he was the victim of an unprovoked attack by Da Silva with what he thinks was a piece of lead.

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Da Silva has been hit with a 21-day ban for violent conduct, with the incident occurring in the Goodwood changing rooms.

Crowley was left in a bad state with stitches required to hold his lip together, whilst there was also very bad swelling.

As reported on the Racing Post, Crowley said:

There was a minor disagreement over a race-riding incident with a number of jockeys not happy with Raul’s riding.

After this, I was the victim of an unprovoked attack from behind with what felt like a piece of lead, and it is disappointing that I have then been accused of being the aggressor.

This is categorically untrue. I have no further comment to make and will leave the matter in the hands of the BHA.

On the other hand, Da Silva claims that it was Crowley who started the altercation by approaching him numerous times and telling him that he was being a nuisance on the track. Da Silva said:

Jim came up to me and was aggressive, telling me I was a danger out on the track, and I told him to leave me alone. It carried on and two or three jockeys held me back when I was trying to defend myself.

Both jockeys were unplaced in the race in question but the BHA will not gather as much evidence as they can before proceeding with an investigation.