WA senior jockey William “Willie” White was handed an eight-month ban from racing this week after pleading guilty to five charges, which included an assault on a taxi driver and betting on races. Racing and Wagering WA stewards completed an RWWA inquiry on Tuesday relating to five charges issued to White under the rules of racing, arising from him pleading guilty to assaulting a taxi driver in Albany in December. At the RWWA inquiry conducted via teleconference, White pleaded guilty to five charges, with stewards handing down an eight-month disqualification expiring on October 2. The disqualification is for all racing-related activities, including riding in races, trials or trackwork. White, 36, was charged with conduct detrimental to the interests of racing, corruption, dishonesty and misleading behaviour, jockey and apprentice jockey misconduct and disqualification by conviction. The inquiry found that White as a licensed jockey engaged in conduct prejudicial to the image of racing for his assault of a taxi driver. The penalty for that charge was eight months. He also was suspended for two months on a count of misconduct after placing bets on WA thoroughbred races as a licensed jockey. Stewards took into account the wagers were placed on his TABtouch account and easily detectable, did not include any race in which he had ridden in and were of a minor value. White received a three-month penalty for improper practice when he failed to disclose criminal convictions detailed in a letter on February 1 to stewards. A penalty of 12 months reduced to eight months was handed down for making misleading statements to stewards in relation to assault-related convictions on his police record. Stewards ruled that all penalties imposed would be served concurrently as an eight-month disqualification, backdated to commence on February 3, when White was stood down pending the outcome of the criminal matters. Stewards took into account his good record in racing over many years, and his “genuine remorse and apologies”. White was originally sentenced to eight months in prison on February 28 for a drunken daylight attack on a 67-year-old taxi driver. Having appealed the decision, he was granted bail less than a week later. He is next due in court on Monday, May 4.