Racing fans were left in disgust after footage broke of leading jump jockey Davy Russell appearing to strike his mount Kings Dolly at Tramore yesterday.
Russell, who famously won the Gold Cup aboard outsider Lord Windermere, struck his horse in the back of the head as he approached a 'show' fence yesterday.
At The Races covered Tramore's evening fixture, and their cameras caught the innocent which is currently being investigated by Irish officials.
"We only became aware of it late Saturday evening and it is been fully investigated," said Turf Club chief executive Denis Egan.
Left me wondering, how long jockeys should get banned for such behaviour?pic.twitter.com/tcPPfWJccA— racingpete (@Betracingnation) August 19, 2017
Two-time Irish champion jockey Russell is one of the leading jumps riders, having enjoyed 18 winners at the Cheltenham Festival.
He's steered the likes of Tiger Roll, Sir Des Champs and Weapons Amnesty to glory in the Cotswold, but his 2014 Gold Cup victory is his career-defining victory.
The Irishman enjoyed only one success at Cheltenham this year, winning the Pertemps Final with Presenting Percy.
Last month Shane Foley was also banned from riding for seven days, but reduced to five on appeal, after an 'unruly' strike on his horse.
A decision is yet to made on Davy Russell, Kings Dolly only finished ninth following the incident.