A DERBY Day cleaner was ejected from the course after he was caught by The Standard’s racing columnist Tim Auld upskirting female patrons in the mounting yard.
The man, aged about 25, was questioned and ejected from Flemington. It is believed that security staff deleted about 15 photos from his mobile phone.
Police were not aware of the incident yesterday. A spokeswoman said there had only been four arrests for drunkenness.
An independent source confirmed the incident occurred but did not wish to comment further.
Auld said he was resting his iPad on the rail in the mounting yard when he noticed the man out the corner of his eye upskirt a woman.
“I thought to myself, I don’t believe that bloke’s just done that. I kept watching and then he walked past another woman in a short skirt pretending he’s cleaning, but with the other hand, used his phone to take a photo up her dress.”
Auld said there were no security staff close by so he called over a Racing Victoria official.
“He didn’t believe me, but this guy, who was then just eight or 10 steps away, took another photo.”
The pair then grabbed the cleaner and handed him over to security staff.
More than 95,000 people were on course for Derby Day, which is the first event of the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
The mounting yard was busy during the day with jockeys, trainers, owners and partners.
The Victoria Racing Club released a statement last night confirming a casual employee working for the cleaning contractor at Flemington "was dismissed and escorted from the racecourse, following a complaint about his behaviour".
‘‘The VRC is conducting an investigation into the incident.’’
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