Top jockey Colm O’Donoghue – who rode for The Queen – cleared of two counts of assault on ex-girlfriend

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TOP jockey Colm O’Donoghue – who rode a winner for The Queen – has been cleared of two counts of assault on his ex-girlfriend.

The multiple Group One-winning flat jockey was found not guilty of two alleged attacks in 2018.

Jockey O’Donoghue has been cleared of two charges of assault
O’Donoghue has won on a horse owned by The Queen

O’Donoghue, 40, was racing in Newmarket on the dates of one of the alleged assaults.

One incident was alleged to have taken place at his home in County Tipperary, Ireland, on October 6 2018.

Another was alleged to have occurred at the Pillo Hotel in County Meath on November 12 the same year.

O’Donoghue always denied both allegations.

He was found not guilty in Carrick-on-Suir district court on Monday, confirm the Racing Post.

The court heard O’Donoghue, whose most recent winner came in The Queen’s colours aboard Clarion at Newmarket on August 3, was riding in the some location at the time of the first allegation.

O’Donoghue, who has won more than £900,000 on his rides in UK and Ireland, has not raced here since late 2019.

The jockey started his successful career with renowned Irish trainer Aidan O’Brien and his team at Ballydoyle.

He then went onto ride for Jessica Harrington before that working partnership split at the beginning of 2019.

More to follow.

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