Friday September 6 2013
– Caulfield Cup-wining jockey Danny Nikolic has been fined $1500 for assaulting a fellow rider and a police officer, with a magistrate rejecting his claims of self-defence.
Magistrate Anglea Bolger questioned the reliability of Nikolic’s evidence and found he punched the jockey and assaulted the detective as they stood toe-to-toe.
Nikolic, 38, was convicted and fined $1200 for recklessly causing injury to jockey Mark Pegus in January 2011.
He was also convicted of unlawfully assaulting Detective Senior Constable Julio Salerno after a police interview and fined $300.
“It’s about what I expected,” the former top jockey said as he left the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday.
Nikolic is serving a two-year ban from racing for threatening Victoria’s chief racing steward, but can return to trackwork from this week.
He must reapply for a licence to once again ride in competitive races, and it’s unclear how these convictions will affect that process.
– The Age