Race Day ratbags face bans
ONE woman was hospitalised and several patrons face a ban from Callagan Park after a number of scuffles broke out at St Patrick's Race Day on Saturday.
According to reports the woman was punched in the face by her boyfriend in the grandstand bar after he became jealous of her contact with another man.
Downstairs, security guards were also forced to break up a handful of scuffles.
Rockhampton Jockey Club chairman Justin Doyle said the club was considering banning some patrons involved in the scuffles.
"If you play up you won't be welcome back,'' he warned.
Mr Doyle said the club had beefed up security for the event following misbehavior in previous years. "It (violence) is becoming more and more typical of the big race days.''
He said undercover police officers were also on hand to monitor the situation.
And he said patrons could expect security to be doubled for larger events such as the Rockhampton Cup and St Peter's Race Day.
"We're going to a zero-tolerance policy,'' he said.
But Mr Doyle said he was pleased with the behaviour of most of the 4000-strong crowd, saying a few troublemakers had marred the day for the largely well-behaved crowd.
"That's all it ever is but the quicker we disperse them the better.