Sunday 20 August 2017

Investigation launched after 'beer throwing' incident towards jockey before race at Royal Ascot

Andrea Atzeni poses at Haydock racecourse on June 10, 2017 in Haydock, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)
Andrea Atzeni poses at Haydock racecourse on June 10, 2017 in Haydock, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images)

A report will be forwarded to the British Horseracing Authority after an incident involving a racegoer apparently throwing a pint of beer towards jockey Andrea Atzeni before the last race at Royal Ascot on Friday.

Atzeni, who had won the preceding contest aboard Stradivarius, reported to the stewards an object had been thrown at him on the way to post. The rider was interviewed by the stewards, as was the clerk of the course Chris Stickels and a representative of the managing executive.

The stewards' report said having heard their evidence and viewed a recording of the incident "which showed a plastic glass being thrown from within the vicinity of the half-furlong marker on the stands side", they noted the explanation of Stickels that Ascot would try to establish during their post-race debrief with security staff whether they can identify who threw the object, and that more staff would be deployed to the area.

Nick Smith, Ascot's director of racing and communications, told Press Association Sport: "We are aware of the incident which is very unfortunate and is not acceptable. We are having an operations review of the area and will steward the area accordingly tomorrow.

"From what we have seen they were impossible to identify. The only footage we have seen is the RaceTech footage on the track and all you can see is this plastic glass coming across.

"At this stage I don't know if they identified the person, but we will obviously look at our CCTV.

"If we can identify him we will identify him, but at the moment we've not got the footage to do that."

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