British horse racing has been given a nasty black eye after a shocking mass brawl broke out at the prestigious Royal Ascot racecourse.
In terrible vision uploaded to social media, dozens of punters (male and female) were captured brawling on the street outside the world-famous venue.
Onlookers could be seen running for cover as wild haymakers were thrown left, right and centre.
Horse owners are now threatening to boycott Royal Ascot after the second shocking brawl in as many weeks.
One man was left unconscious in a horrific fight involving up to 50 people last week at Goodwood.
“Racetracks need to invest in more robust security measures, which may even mean paying for a more significant police presence,” Syndicate owner Matthew Lincoln told The Guardian.
“It might sound drastic but how else are we to deter troublemakers?”
Ascot communications manager Ashley Morton-Hunte said track officials would meet with police in coming days to decide what extra security measures would need to be put in place for the next race meeting.
“There are always things to learn after a race day and we will be reviewing everything and putting appropriate measures in place for Royal Ascot next month,” Morton-Hunte said.
“Our annual preparation for Royal Ascot includes a scenario session, which will take place this week, as planned.
“Topical issues are discussed with relevant authorities and preventative measures will be agreed then.”
The shocking footage immediately went viral on social media, with Twitter users slamming the unsavoury fans.
@BHAPressOffice @Ascot @claimsfive what reassurances can the industry give genuine racegoers that this despicable behaviour will be stamped out before the Royal meeting? I’m seriously considering staying away despite having a likely runner on the Wednesday. https://t.co/6TIBHbUFdJ
— Matthew Lincoln (@Matty433Lincs) May 13, 2018
Just seen the fight footage from Ascot yesterday
We can all talk about causation as much as we want but someone will have to take responsibility and tackle it
— FergalO’Brien Racing (@FOBRacing) May 13, 2018
After the latest racecourse brawl fuelled by drink, this time at Ascot, some say that there’s nothing you can do to stop it. Nonsense. There are several measures: restriction of alcohol sale (as other sports), only allowed in bar areas, more effective stewarding, zero tolerance.
— Jason Brautigam (@DizzyJB) May 13, 2018
There was more crowd trouble at #Ascot yesterday, with a large brawl ensuing!
Is it time we give Alcohol-Free Racing a trial?
We'd love to know what YOU think could be done to stop the trouble. pic.twitter.com/cFrSKqdlSc
— My Racing Tips (@myracingtips) May 13, 2018
Not only is the country going to the dogs it's going to the horses as well: https://t.co/2WleEnEhM1
— Seán Ó hir (@CorshamResident) May 13, 2018
Mass brawl at Ascot.
Depressing. Just depressing.
— Mr Paul M Duffy (@MrPaulMDuffy) May 12, 2018