The incident occurred within the altering room following the primary race of the day.
A stewards’ inquiry discovered Crowley had been struck within the face by Da Silva, with the blow inflicting an damage which required medical remedy.
In a press release posted on Press Affiliation Sport, Crowley stated the assault had been unprovoked.
“There was a minor disagreement over a race-riding incident with plenty of jockeys not proud of Raul’s using,” Crowley stated.
“After this I used to be the sufferer of an unprovoked assault from behind with what felt like a bit of lead, and it’s disappointing that I’ve then been accused of being the aggressor.”
“That is categorically unfaithful and it’s notable that after a prolonged inquiry that heard from many witnesses, solely considered one of us was suspended. I’ve no additional remark to make and can go away the matter within the fingers of the BHA.”
Stewards suspended Da Silva for 21 days for violent conduct, noting that ought to any additional proof develop into obtainable, they reserved the proper to revisit the matter.
It isn’t the primary time Da Silva has fronted stewards in barely weird circumstances.
The Brazilian hoop acquired a one-day ban final yr after tossing a handful of the Chelmsford Polytrack floor at a filly who had been reluctant to enter the obstacles.
“What I did helped the horse go ahead. I feel I did the proper factor; I did not know you are not allowed to do this,” Da Silva stated following the penalty.