An aborted race meeting in Kalgoorlie could have ramifications beyond the local racing club's finances, with two industry identities arrested following a pub brawl.
Sunday's meeting, which included the $110,000 Boulder Cup, had to be called off because a section of the track was water-logged.
With several hours to kill before their flight back to Perth, a number of jockeys and other racing identities headed to the Exchange Hotel and adjoining Wild West Saloon, famous for its skimpy barmaids, in Kalgoorlie's main street.
The afternoon is believed to have started innocently enough, when four jockeys challenged some local miners to a game of pool.
However a fight, understood to involve several racing identities, soon broke out over the rules.
A 30-year-old miner was allegedly cracked over the head with a pool cue and had a glass of beer smashed over his head, and had to be taken to hospital.
A 29-year-old man, reported to be a leading jockey, has been charged with assault occasioning bodily harm.
A 70-year-old man, reportedly a racehorse owner, has been charged with unlawful wounding.
The men were bailed to appear in the Kalgoorlie Magistrates' Court on Thursday.
The alleged victim was at the pub with his girlfriend and another friend when he agreed to put a bet on the outcome of a game of pool, The West Australian reported.
He was allegedly struck with a full glass of beer, which shattered on his head.
He was taken to hospital and received stitches for a five-centimetre cut.
- Megan Levy