A winning moment turned extremely sour at Flemington Racecourse on Thursday when a female groom was attacked while awaiting the return of her successful horse, according to Patrick Bartley in the Sydney Morning Herald.
The female stable hand had just seen Black Cash—who she looks after for trainer Kelly Doughty—win the Subzero Challenge, and was preparing to lead the horse in when she was attacked.
A man who reportedly works for the Darley Stud, owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, was seen throwing a punch at the woman who was knocked backward by the force of the blow.
Chief steward Terry Bailey gave his view on the incident in Bartley’s piece:
A strapper was in the mounting yard and an employee of the Peter Snowden team came up behind her and hit her and then ran away in the direction of the horse stalls.
I can tell you the woman was conscious when doctors examined her moments after the incident.
The Racing Post's Lee Mottershead had further comment from Bailey, who said:
We understand it was a domestic situation that was unfortunately brought on to a racecourse. There was nothing that could be done to prevent it.
She has some swelling and some bruising but thankfully no broken bones. It was an unsavoury incident and she went to hospital but as much as anything she is in shock.
Per Bartley’s piece, a 31-year-old man is in police custody in relation to the incident.
Flemington Racecourse has been playing host to the Melbourne Cup Carnival, which concludes on Saturday.
The Melbourne Cup, dubbed “the race that stops a nation,” took place on Tuesday and was won by Fiorente.
Crowds well in excess of 60,000 have been flooding through the gates all week, while 104,169 customers watched the Melbourne Cup.