A 24-year-old man has appeared in court for allegedly walking out onto the Trentham race track and standing amidst the horses as they thundered past.
Justin Bergman briefly appeared in the Hutt Valley District Court this morning, where he is charged with creating a criminal nuisance by unreasonably disrupting a public meeting, knowing it would endanger the safety of the public.
He is also facing another charge of disrupting a meeting at Trentham racecourse.
Bergman was remanded without plea to reappear in court next month.
He is on bail at his Petone home, with conditions that he not enter the Trentham race track or attend any race meets around the country. He is also not allowed to contact police witnesses.
Punters and animal rights activists alike were outraged on the weekend after video emerged of a man jumping over the fencing at the Wellington Cup Day races and sauntering into the middle of the track as the racing horses galloped past.
The video shows horses and their jockeys flying closely past the man.
Wellington Race Group chairman Paul Humphries close to 12,000 people were enjoying the Cup Day during the incident.
“The horses can shy, go through the running rail and when you’ve got jockeys on top of horses going 60km/h, it’s just madness.”
The jockeys had to quickly steer away and came just inches from trampling over the person who came on the track as he stood stationary in the middle of it.