A man who allegedly king hit a female strapper in the mounting yard at Flemington on Oaks Day faces police and Racing Victoria charges.
The young woman was waiting for Black Cash to return after his win in the grey’s race on Thursday when the man allegedly punched her.
The incident, witnessed by chief steward Terry Bailey, was also captured by the Seven Network, but Bailey asked the broadcaster not to air the footage as it could be used as evidence.
The man – who Bailey said was a stablehand for the powerful Darley Stud, owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum – then allegedly ran off to the horse stalls, where he was apprehended.
The young woman had a swollen cheek when she brought the horse back to the winner’s stall and Bailey sent her for medical attention.
“Police are taking statements now. As far as the stewards are concerned, they will continue their investigations tomorrow,” he told the Seven Network.
“I understand that both parties have apparently had a domestic position.
“It’s unsavoury and not needed here on the racecourse.
“There’s no-one more disappointed than (trainers) Peter and Paul Snowden, and no doubt they will address that.
“We will let the police do their job.
“He is a registered person and we (Racing Victoria) will also be speaking to him.”